Times Sports Editor
The Terre Haute North Patriots may have came into Tuesday night's battle against Northview with just two wins, but North appears to be getting healthy at the right time.
The Patriots recently returned to full strength after early season injuries and claimed their second straight win, this one a 63-36 win against Northview.
North dominated the paint against the Knights, outrebounding Northview 42-16 with the combination of 6'0 sophomore Nicole Anderson and 6'0 senior Mary Kate Etling. The duo combined for 34 points and 19 rebounds in the victory.
"I told (the team) that I bet (Terre Haute North) scores a third of its point on offensive rebounds," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "They absolutely killed us on the boards and we had no answer. We work on rebounding and blocking out every single night in practice. Tonight, (Terre Haute North) went after it a lot harder than we did. They got to the ball a lot quicker than we did and that allowed them to get a big lead and we couldn't score enough points to come back."
Tuesday's contest was a rematch of the Knights' first game of the season, a 39-35 slugfest that went to the Patriots.
However, this is a much different North squad as Anderson and Jenny Barnhill both missed that opening contest. In the second battle, North took control early and didn't let up against a Northview squad that didn't match up inside with the bigger Patriots.
Northview struggled in its drives to the basket as Etling erased several shots with her sizable presence in the post and Anderson was a handful at both ends of the court with her dynamic game that allows her the mobility to bring the ball up the court and post up inside.
"I really think that other than Jama Sharp (of Mooresville), that (Anderson) might be the best all-around player that we've seen so far," Buell said. "I was pretty impressed with her. She's just a sophomore, but really has a complete game. She's playing well for them and she's really a load in there. We really had difficulty guarding her."
Anderson, who was coming off 19, 24 and 18-point games in the last 10 days, hit 10-of-14 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer and grabbed six boards.
The Knights got untracked offensively in the second quarter as Ashley Hughes scored four points, Lauren Webster added a pair along with Taylor Carter and Chelsey Sampson.
The Patriots held a 29-13 lead at halftime with Anderson scoring 12 of those points.
Barnhill opened up her offensive game in the second half, knocking down a 3-pointer to push the gap to 35-17, but Northview rallied a bit as Sampson scored inside, Carter followed with a jumper and Sampson added a free throw. However, Anderson answered with a 3-pointer and after Webster hit a shot, Barnhill and Jade Rakes closed out the quarter with scores to extend the North lead to 47-25.
Sampson led the Knights with 11 points and five rebounds while Webster added 10 points and Carter tallied eight. Hughes posted six for Northview, which drops to 1-8 overall.
The Knights return to conference play on Friday against Edgewood at 6 p.m.
T.H. North (63)
Seeley 2-5 2-2 6, Etling 6-11 1-2 13, Finley 1-2 1-2 3, Barnhill 2-9 0-0 5, Anderson 10-14 0-0 21, Schenck 0-2 2-2 2, Hasbrouck 1-1 0-0 2, Rakes 2-5 0-0 4, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Bledsoe 3-5 0-0 7. Totals: 27-53 6-8 63.
Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Webster 3-15 4-4 10, Hughes 3-7 0-1 6, Carter 3-11 2-4 8, Sampson 5-9 1-3 11, Girton 0-2 1-4 1. Totals: 14-44 8-16 36.
3-point fieldgoals -- THN 3-9 (Anderson 1-2, Barnhill 1-4, Etling 0-1, Seeley 0-2), Nv 0-3 (Webster 0-2, Carter 0-1). Total Rebounds -- THN 42 (Etling 13, Anderson 6, Seeley 6), Nv 16 (Sampson 5). Total Fouls -- THN 14, Nv 11. Turnovers -- THN 13, Nv 9.
JV game -- T.H. North 47, Northview 6.