Times Sports Editor
WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview girls' basketball team expects to go through a few growing pains with a roster that features just two seniors and no juniors. The Knights battled for the second time in as many games to the wire in the Hi-99 Tip-Off Tournament. After falling 39-35 to Terre Haute North in Thursday's season opener, the Knights dropped a 38-33 contest to West Vigo in the consolation bracket.
The loss was Northview's first to West Vigo since the 2000-01 season.
Northview jumped out to a 14-9 lead through the first quarter as the Knights knocked home five-of-six shots from the field.
West Vigo closed that gap to 19-16 at halftime as the Vikings took advantage of the Knights' turnover woes and took eight more shots from the field during the second period.
With the Vikings creeping closer, Northview coach Scott Buell knew that West Vigo would make a second half run.
"I told (the team) at halftime that (West Vigo) is probably going to come at us with everything they have and that's what they did," Buell said.
The Vikings came out with some extra pressure on Northview's ball handlers and forced 15 turnovers in the second half.
Brooklyn Waters opened the scoring for the Vikings and Allyson Walters followed with two free throws to give the Vikings a 20-19 lead at the 4:55 mark. A flurry of turnovers by both teams led to the Knights' Lauren Webster hitting a pair of free throws to give the lead briefly back to the Knights with four minutes left in the quarter. From there however, the Knights struggled to score and the Vikings took advantage.
Alicyn Woodward scored and Cassidy Carlson followed with a 3-pointer at the 2:15 mark to push the Vikings' lead to 25-21.
The Knights had a shot to close the gap when Waters was called for a technical foul as she got tangled with the Knights' Sierra Girton. Webster would hit both free throws, but Northview was unable to take advantage of the ensuing possession, turning the ball over.
West Vigo followed with another 3-pointer from Carlson, Chelsey Sampson answered with a bucket for the Knights, but Waters closed the quarter with a driving hoop at the buzzer.
Trailing 30-25 heading to the fourth quarter, the Knights got within 30-27 on a baseline jumper from Webster, who had a game-high 18 points, but the Vikings followed with the next six points to extend the gap to 36-27 with 2:20 left.
Northview got as close as 38-33 on a 3-pointer by Girton, but seven turnovers in the final quarter didn't allow the Knights to close the final gap.
"We were trying to get the ball into a set where we could get it into the middle," Buell said. "We were just panicking a little bit and couldn't get it there. We're going to have to work on our offense a little better and come up with some things to get us some better shots."
Despite the loss, Buell felt that his team fought to the final horn against the Vikings.
"I couldn't be more proud of basketball team as far as competing to the very end," Buell said. "We're going to learn how to win basketball games. That's going to come, but at this point I just told (the team) that that's about as proud of a team as I've been to battle to the end."
The Knights (0-2 overall) travel to Riverton Parke on Tuesday evening.
At West Vigo
Webster 5-13 6-8 18, Hughes 0-4 0-0 0, Carter 1-6 0-0 2, Girton 2-5 2-3 7, Sampson 2-4 1-2 5, Weddle 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 10-32 10-15 33.
West Vigo (38)
Carlson 4-7 2-5 12, Waters 4-14 0-2 9, Woodward 1-6 0-0 2, Barton 3-6 0-0 6, A.Walters 0-6 3-6 3, Silcock 1-2 2-2 4, VanGilder 0-1 0-0 0, L.Walters 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 14-43 7-15 38.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 3-6 (Webster 2-3, Girton 1-2, Hughes 0-1), WV 3-5 (Carlson 2-3, Waters 1-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 32 (Sampson 10, Carter 8), WV 27 (A.Walters 6). Total Fouls -- Nv 15, WV 16. Fouled out -- Nv (Webster), WV (Barton). Technicals -- WV (Waters). Turnovers -- Nv 28, WV 15.