Times Sports Editor
The Bloomfield Cardinals played the role of spoiler on Northview's senior night on Thursday evening, overcoming a third quarter deficit to pull away to a 55-43 victory over the Knights.
Before the varsity game, Carlee Bell, Emily Phillips, Kelsey Searing and Elina Sebbesse were honored on senior night. Though Phillips suffered a season ending knee injury several weeks ago, she got the start and briefly stayed on the court before being subbed out for a teammate.
The Knights battled from behind early, overcoming some poor early shooting and second quarter turnovers to take a one-point halftime lead, 20-19.
Alyssa Conrad knocked home a 3-pointer and Lauren Webster came alive late in the second period for seven of her 18 points to give Northview the advantage. However, an ominous tone had been set early on as three starters had picked up their second foul before the halftime break.
Heading into the third quarter, there were three ties in the period as each time battled for control. Jessica LaTourette scored a bucket for the Knights before Bloomfield's Brittney Combs tied the game with a pair of free throws. Searing answered back with a hoop, but the Cardinals got two more free throws, this time from Elyse Weddle.
It was Weddle who gave the Cardinals the edge at 26-24 and she was followed with two more from the stripe by Combs. Chelsey Sampson got the Knights within 28-26 on a bucket inside, but the rest of the quarter was all Cardinals.
In the fourth quarter, foul trouble began to handcuff the Knights' defense, which tried to mount a comeback after falling behind 44-31.
Conrad hit a 3-pointer and Webster followed to get the Knights within 44-36, but the Cardinals got into the bonus situation and shot 24 free throws in the final quarter, hitting 12 of them.
"I tell ya, foul trouble has plagued us all season and did again tonight," coach Lu Anne Anderson said. "It hurt us a little bit in the second half because we weren't able to put forth as aggressive a defense as we wanted, but you have to take that as it goes. I think it hurt us a little too when we had to go man-to-man defensively. We couldn't match their speed and they had a big advantage on us on the boards."
A late 3-pointer by Webster, who led the Knights with 18 points, got Northview within 49-41, but the Cardinals hit just enough shots from the line to send Northview to its 12th-straight loss to end the regular season.
Despite the loss, Anderson was proud of her team's effort and especially her seniors as Bell had seven points, Searing added four with five rebounds and an overbundance of hustle.
"All in all these girls played their hearts out tonight and they played a lot better than they have the last eight games," Anderson said. "They gave a lot of effort tonight and that's what we've wanted from them.
I can't say enough about our seniors, They led us tonight on the floor and everyone else picked it up with their leadership," Anderson added.
The Knights end the regular season at 4-16 overall and will take on the Terre Haute South Sectional beginning a week from tonight.
Riggins 3-9 3-7 9, Gilliland 2-5 3-9 8, Combs 3-7 11-12 17, Pinnick 4-7 0-2 8, Elyse Weddle 4-12 3-4 11, Jordan Myers 0-3 2-2 2, Elena Weddle 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-43 22-36 55.
Bell 3-9 1-2 7, Conrad 2-5 1-2 7, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Sampson 2-6 0-0 4, Searing 2-5 0-0 4, J.LaTourette 1-1 1-2 3, Webster 5-18 7-9 18, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, McKee 0-1 0-0 0, D.LaTourette 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-45 10-15 43.
3-point fieldgoals -- BL 1-5 (Gilliland 1-2, Combs 0-3), Nv 3-8 (Conrad 2-3, Webster 1-4, Sampson 0-1). Total Rebounds -- BL 39 (Weddle 12), Nv 27 (Sampson 7, Bell 5). Total Fouls -- BL 13, Nv 26. Fouled out -- Nv (Bell, Conrad, Searing). Turnovers -- BL 17, Nv 20.
JV -- Northview wins 33-17 behind eight points each from Ashley Hughes and Tayler White. Cassie Weddle had six.