Times Staff Reporter
After a promising start, the northview girls basketball team fell victim to a sluggish second and third quarter, which resulted in a disappointing 62-38 homecoming loss to South Vermillion Friday night.
Northview held its ground early, taking a 20-18 lead into the final three minutes of the second period, before the wheels fell off. The Wildcats ended the period on a 10-0 against a sloppy Northview team whose final five first half possessions resulted in four turnovers and a missed, desperation heave 3-pointer.
A major discrepancy in the first half came from the foul line. While Northview's aggressive defensive game plan resulted in many transition points, it also got them into foul trouble.
The Knights were called for 14 fouls in the first half. Making matters worse for Northview, was the precision foul shooting of South Vermillion, which was a very impressive 15-of-18 from the charity stripe in the first half.
Northview coach LuAnne Anderson said the foul trouble killed her team's aggression and made their play much too timid in the second half,
"Tonight, we finally got our girls to come out and play defense the way we wanted to, but fouls took us right out of that," Anderson said. "(The fouls) really hurt us."
The Wildcats took the momentum achieved from their second quarter rally and jumped all over a lethargic Northview squad in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 17-4 in the period. Many of the Wildcats' points came on second chance putbacks. On the evening, South Vermillion doubled up Northview 44-22 on the boards.
Anderson said she thought a contributing factor to the Knights' struggles was a hand injury to leading rebounder, Kelsey Searing. Searing, who missed Northview's previous contest against Danville after sustaining a badly bruised hand in a game last Saturday.
Sporting a cast on her left hand, Searing, who also suffered a broken nose last month, did record five rebounds, but had noticeable struggles adjusting to the cast. Anderson said she expected Searing to make a quick recovery from her injury, and to return to her role as Northview's premier force in the paint.
"The only thing that will help her is time," Anderson said.
The loss dropped Northview to 4-11 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. Despite Friday's ugly loss, Anderson said she instructed her players to put the defeat behind them and focus on a tough upcoming schedule, starting with a home contest against a talented Owen Valley team this evening.
"We can't focus on this game," Anderson said. "Things don't slow down for us. We need the girls to keep working hard. That's the only way we're going to get better."
The Knights return to action tonight in a boy-girl double-header against Owen Valley. The contest, a make-up game, which was initially snowed out on Jan. 8, tips off at 6 p.m.
South Vermillion (62)
Samuelson 1 3-4 5, Kelly 6 2-4 14, Lubovich 1 6-6 9, Riggen 2 2-2 6, Brower 3 4-6 10, Samuelson 1 0-0 2, Cheesewright 2 3-5 7, Milam 3 3-3 9. Totals: 19 23-30 62.
Bell 2 6-9 11, Conrad 2 2-3 6, McKee 0 0-2 0, Sampson 1 0-0 2, Webster 4 2-2 12, Searing 0 0-3 0, Carter 2 0-0 4, LaTourette 0 3-3 3. Totals: 11 13-22 38.
3-point field goals -- SV 1-10 (Kelly 0-1, Lubovich 1-2, Riggen 0-1, Samuelson 0-4, Milam 0-2), NV-- 3-13 (Bell 1-2, McKee 0-2, Webster 2-7, Searing 0-2). Total Rebounds -- SV 44 (Milam 13, Cheesewright and Kelly both with 8), NV-- 22 (Conrad 6, Searing 5). Team Fouls -- SV 15, NV 24. Fouled out-- SV (no one), NV (Bell, Sampson). Turnovers -- SV 26, NV 14.