Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Forgive first-year Northview head coach Scott Buell if he doesn't send a Christmas card to the schedule makers for the Knights this season. Trying to get a sophomore laden roster quality minutes has been difficult while playing a slate that includes several schools that boast some of the best team's that the programs have had in years.
Coming off losses to unbeaten Mooresville and a tough Riverton Parke squad, which followed a defeat at the hands of a West Vigo team that is already one win away from match last season's total for the year, the Knights got a Saturday battle with 19th-ranked Terre Haute South.
Boasting a pair of Division I recruits in the starting line-up, the Braves overcame some tough Northview defense early on to pull away over the final few quarters to take a 54-29 victory over the Knights.
"We've just got to stay positive with them so they don't get their heads down," Buell said. "We have to keep working at it, eventually we're going to get there. It's just going to take a little bit of time."
What the Knights can be proud of is a defensive effort that forced five South turnovers in the first three minutes of the game and holding the Braves scoreless for the opening 3:24. However, what makes the Braves so tough is the amount of offensive weapons that they have, which eventually helped spark South.
What has plagued the Knights all season over an 0-5 start, is offensive continuity. South's defense held the Knights to just 24-percent shooting (9-of-38) for the game and 3-of-15 from the field in the first half.
"If our offense could ever catch up to our defense we're going to be able to beat some people," Buell said. "Defensively we're pretty solid. That's a top-15 team (T.H. South) and we were playing them very well defensively. We just have a hard time scoring the ball right now. We handled their pressure well, we just can't get the ball to go in the hole right now."
While the Knights remained close through the opening quarter, South began to roll in quarter number two as Tasia Brewer and Dallas Butts each hit 3-pointers to extend the lead and Seibert contributed six of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter. The Braves pulled away to a 29-8 lead at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, South got going early after the Knights got a free throw from Taylor Carter. Seibert hit a jumper, Brewer added a put back off an offensive rebound and Seiberty followed with a drive for a 35-9 lead. Northview's Lauren Webster finally stopped the 6-0 run with a score for the Knights with under three minutes remaining in the quarter.
Webster's score sparked the Knights' offense as she followed with a 3-pointer and a jumper from Carter capped a 7-0 run by Northview to close the gap to 35-16. From there though, the Braves ended any thoughts the Knights had of getting back into the game.
A free throw by Braves' forward Claire Bailey led to a score by Seibert to end the third period and Seibert opened the final quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 41-16.
Chelsey Sampson scored a bucket for the Knights and Webster, who had 13 in the game, scored on a jumper for the Knights. From there though, the Braves scored the next five points to put the game away.
Carter had seven points and four rebounds for the Knights, but no other player had more than Sampson's four points. Brewer had 11 for the Braves and Butts contributed nine in the win.
Afterwards, Buell was looking forward to a 10-day break for the Knights before a Nov. 30 home date with 12th-ranked Bloomington North.
"That doesn't help matters," Buell said regarding the Knights' difficult opening schedule. "Our schedule has been brutal, we don't have a lot of depth and I think this is our fifth game in 10 days, so we're tired and we're beat up. It's been a hard stretch for us because we don't have a lot of practice time to work on things and put new stuff in. Now we get a little bit of a break, some time to get healthy and get our legs back underneath us and catch our breath and get ready for the next five games we have before Christmas."
The Knights' JV team dropped a 54-24 decision as Cassie Weddle had eight points, Lindsey Potter and Libby Deckard each had four points.
At T.H. South
Webster 5-16 2-2 13, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Carter 2-9 3-4 7, Girton 0-1 0-2 0, Sampson 1-6 2-2 4, Berry 1-1 0-0 2, Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Potter 0-0 1-2 1, Deckard 0-2 0-0 0, Weddle 0-3 2-2 2, Barrett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-38 10-16 29.
T.H. South (54)
Brewer 3-9 3-4 11, Seibert 7-11 4-4 19, Joyner 2-5 0-0 4, Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 1-5 1-4 3, Butts 3-9 2-4 9, Ennen 0-2 0-0 0, Bailey 3-3 2-4 8, Bell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-46 12-20 54.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-6 (Webster 1-3, Carter 0-2, Girton 0-1), THS 4-10 (Brewer 2-3, Butts 1-3, Seibert 1-2, Joyner 0-1, Bell 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 24 (Carter 4, Sampson 4), THS 32 (Bailey 4, Ellis 4, Lee 4). Total Fouls -- Nv 14, THS 16. Turnovers -- Nv 24, THS 20.