Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview girls' basketball team evened its season mark and improved to 2-0 in the WIC with an impressive defensive effort in a 47-25 win on the road at West Vigo Friday night.
The Knights held the Vikings to just 24 percent (12-of-50) field goal shooting and put the clamps on West Vigo's sophomore playmaker, Brooklyn Waters. Northview led just 23-12 at halftime, but dominated the second half to pick up the victory.
"We were keying on shutting down the (Brooklyn) Water's girl and not letting her dribble all over the floor and she didn't score a basket all game so our game plan worked there," coach Lu Anne Anderson said. "Emily Phillips did a nice job on her and Alyssa Conrad was on her for a little bit. We knew that she was the key to their offense and we wanted to take her out of the game mentally. She dribbled through us a couple of times early in the game, but we made some adjustments and the girls did a nice job."
Waters actually took just one shot in the entire game and the Knights got balanced scoring with four different players scoring eight or more points in the win.
Emily Phillips was the spark in the first quarter, scoring six of her 10 points in the first quarter before sitting out most of the second period with two fouls. With the senior forward sidelined, 6'1 junior center, Chelsey Sampson went to work and scored four points while grabbing six of her game-high 14 rebounds and blocking three shots. Lauren Webster added five points in the period as Northview built a 23-12 advantage.
"I tell you, Chelsey (Sampson) is getting better each time out. She did a nice job tonight of keeping the ball high and acting like the tallest girl on the floor," Anderson said. "One thing that I saw that really impressed me was that every time she grabbed a rebound, she looked down the floor and she was able to make those passes she wasn't able to make last year."
In the second half of action, the Vikings' Cassidy Carlson scored the first bucket of the half and Marianne Umphries hit a free throw before the Knights locked down the Vikings defensively. Northview strung together an 11-4 run the rest of the half as Kelsey Searing got to the hoop for six of her 12 points in the game. Searing also had seven boards in the win to complement Sampson in the post.
In the final quarter, Sampson added four more points on the way to eight in the game and the Knights got four of Webster's game-high 15 points to pull away to the final margin.
The Knights (4-4 overall) travel to Terre Haute North on Tuesday to face the Patriots.
Bell 0-1 0-0 0, Phillips 3-5 4-6 10, Sampson 3-6 2-2 8, Webster 5-18 4-6 15, Searing 5-9 2-6 12, Sharton 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, LaTourette 0-0 0-0 0, McKee 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 17-41 12-20 47.
West Vigo (25)
Carlson 3-9 0-0 6, Umphries 0-5 1-2 1, Waters 0-1 0-0 0, Beal 2-8 0-0 4, Woodward 3-9 0-4 6, McClain 1-3 0-0 2, Silcock 1-2 0-2 2, VanGilder 1-3 0-0 2, L.Walters 1-7 0-0 2, A.Walters 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 12-50 1-8 25.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-7 (Webster 1-6, Conrad 0-1), WV 0-4 (Carlson 0-2, Waters 0-1, Beal 0-1). Totals Rebounds -- Nv 41 (Sampson 14, Searing 7, Phillips 5), WV 38 (Woodward 6, Carlson 6). Total Fouls -- Nv 17, WV 19. Turnovers -- Nv 16, WV 19.