By MATT MCKINNEY
Times Staff Reporter
The Mooresville Pioneers came to town Thursday night for a girls' basketball game. Mooresville has had Northview's number the last few years, winning every match-up since Northview's 2006 season opener. The Knights won that game, 36-26. However, the Knights weren't able to repeat the result and fell to the Pioneers, 69-29.
Mooresville jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after a minute into the first quarter and didn't look back for the rest of the contest. It wasn't until three minutes left in the first period when the Knights got their first points of the night.
The second quarter was very similar to the first in that, even though Northview was forcing turnovers on Mooresville, its offense wasn't clicking. The Knights made four-of-nine shots in the second quarter (44%), with most of the misses being unlucky lay-ups.
Northview went into halftime needing a miracle to come back in the game, down 40-17.
The Knights' bad luck continued as Mooresville went on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter, including a three-pointer from senior Jama Sharp. It was clear from the tip-off that Sharp was going to be a force. She had 28 points on the night, including six three-pointers.
"(Sharp) is probably the best player we'll face all year," Northview head coach Scott Buell said. Buell was also happy with his team's improvement. "We got better tonight. The score doesn't indicate that. But there were points in the game where I was really pleased with our progress."
Senior Lauren Webster led the Knights with seven points, also showing her determination by continuing to push the ball inside on the Pioneers' big inside presence.
Even though the Knights were down by 39 points, 60-21, to start the fourth quarter, they showed their heart by continuing to battle, especially on defense.
After averaging 20 points per quarter during the first three, Mooresville was held to only seven points by Northview's defense.
"Ashley Hughes played the best game she's played all year," Buell said. "That's a very, very good basketball team we played tonight."
Hughes, a sophomore, had six points against Mooresville. Senior Chelsey Sampson had five.
Also contributing to Northview's evening were sophomore Taylor Carter with four points, and sophomores Sierra Girton and Cassie Weddle, who each had a pair of points.
Freshman Brooke Berry also made a long three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
Northview's junior varsity also lost, 36-12.
The Knights' next challenge is Saturday at Terre Haute South. The junior varsity tip-off is at 6 p.m.
Webster 2-11 3-3 7, Hughes 3-8 0-2 6, Carter 2-4 0-0 4, Girton 1-3 0-0 2, Sampson 2-5 1-2 5, Berry 1-1 0-0 3, Weddle 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 11-32 6-9 29
Fisher 2-6 0-0 4, Sharp 11-25 0-1 28, Green 3-8 1-4 7, Viles 4-9 0-3 8, Settle 6-9 3-7 15, O' Neal 0-0 2-2 2, McFarland 1-4 1-2 3. Hare 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-63 7-19 69
3-point fieldgoals -- NV 0-2 (Girton 0-1, Webster 0-1), MV -- 6-14 (McFarland 0-1, Sharp 6-13). Total Rebounds -- NV 14 (Hughes 3, Carter 1, Girton 4, Sampson 5 Webster 1), MV 28 (Fisher 2, Means 2, Sharp 3, Green 6, Viles 3, Settle 12). Total Fouls -- NV 14, MV 14. Turnovers -- NV 20, MV 10.