Times Sports Editor
The Edgewood Mustangs might have been missing a couple of weapons in its arsenal heading into Friday's conference battle with the Knights, but they were still potent enough to come away with a 45-28 victory against Northview.
For much of the game, the Knights went toe-to-toe with a Mustangs' squad missing senior guard Laura Luther due to a concussion and Angela Hacker, who scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds in last year's Edgewood victory. Northview was within 16-13 with a few minutes remaining in the first half, but the Mustangs broke loose for a late run to close the half and then got a pair of early third quarter 3-pointers from freshman Karly Thornton to break open the game after a 17-4 run.
"We are so close to being able to compete and beat good basketball teams," Northview girl's basketball coach Scott Buell said. "We played 14 good minutes in the first half and the last two minutes (Edgewood) goes on an 8-0 run, really get all the momentum going into the half and come out in the second half and make another little run and then it's an even basketball game the rest of the way."
The Knights got some early contributions from Taylor Carter (four points) and Chelsey Sampson (three points, two rebounds and a block) to remain close with a Mustangs' team that was 6-4 coming into the match-up. However, Hannah Rommel sparked the second quarter run with three point-blank buckets on defensive breakdowns that sent Edgewood into the break, up 24-13.
Opening the second half, Thornton, who had just two points before halftime, knocked down a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the third quarter. Rommel followed with a bucket before Leeanna Knight sank a jumper for Northview. Lauren Webster followed with a score to get the Knights back to within 29-17, but another 3-pointer by Thornton helped push the lead to 32-17 for the Mustangs.
"(Northview) kind of had their heads down tonight, but we are trying to look for the positives and we have a long break now and time to get better," Buell said of his team, which is off until Jan. 4. "We're continuing to get better. We just have to play 32 minutes and not take those little stretches where we get down 10 or 15 (points)."
The biggest difference in the second half was withering defensive pressure by Edgewood that contributed to seven turnovers in the third quarter alone by the Knights. With two defenders guarding the ball, Buell admitted it stymied the Northview offense.
Sampson, who had a team-high 12 points for the Knights, opened the fourth quarter with a score and then followed a basket by Rommel with another score. However, Edgewood's lead was too much to overcome with the Mustangs' defensive pressure. Northview's defense did its job, holding the Mustangs to just two-of-14 shooting in the final period, but the Knights were unable to mount a comeback.
The Knights (1-9 overall, 1-2 WIC) are off until the Jan. 4 road trip to Greencastle.
Faletic 0-1 0-0 0, Thornton 3-3 2-2 10, Brown 1-5 5-7 7, Rommel 6-14 2-2 14, Weddle 2-5 2-4 6, Edmanson 1-7 0-0 2, Delay 3-6 0-2- 6, Ashley Hacker 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-1 0-0 0, Gilliland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-44 11-17 45
Knight 1-2 0-0 2, Webster 2-12 2-2 6, Hughes 1-3 0-1 2, Carter 3-5 0-0 6, Sampson 5-5 2-4 12, Girton 0-2 0-0 0, Berry 0-1 0-0 0, Potter 0-0 0-2 0, Weddle 0-1 0-0 0, Deckard 0-0 0-0 0, Barrett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-31 4-9 28.
3-point fieldgoals -- EW 2-9 (Thornton 2-2, Edmanson 0-3, Rommel 0-3), Nv 0-2 (Webster 0-1, Berry 0-1). Total Rebounds -- EW 30 (Weddle 6, Rommel 5), Nv 21 (Carter 7, Sampson 6). Total Fouls -- EW 14, Nv 13. Turnovers -- EW 13, Nv 21.