Times Sports Editor
SPENCER -- Fans barely had a chance to settle into their seats in the girl's basketball game between Owen Valley and Northview when the 3-point barrage began.
The Patriots hit from beyond the arc early and often and Northview turned the ball over 23 times as Owen Valley took an early lead and held on to a 47-35 victory.
Owen Valley hit three from long-range in taking a 20-8 lead after one quarter and the Patriots hit eight-of15 from 3-point land in the game, which proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome.
"I was really disappointed how we started the game defensively," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "We had worked on that, we were prepared for it, we came out and just let them make every cut (Owen Valley) wanted to. Then we kind of challenged them, got into them a little bit and we started playing better defensively from there on. We haven't had a team shoot like that on us all year. It didn't matter if we had a hand in their face or not, they were going in from 3-point range."
The Knights clawed back to 26-18 at halftime as Lauren Webster scored 12 of her 21 points in the first half.
"I think she played more confident tonight, we need that," Buell said of Lauren Webster's production. "We played hard tonight. Taylor (Carter) had a tough night, we're continuing to work and get better."
The Patriots got off to another strong start in the third quarter as Danielle Matsel hit a pair of 3-pointers along with Alissa Heaslet to push the gap up to 41-20 before Northview could rally.
Ashley Hughes hit a bucket, Webster hit a 3-pointer and added a two-point fieldgoal to end the third.
The Knights held Owen Valley to just one-of-eight shooting in the final quarter to narrow the lead to as little as 44-33 after a score by Chelsey Sampson, but couldn't get any closer.
"I was really proud of our fight tonight, I was disappointed in that Tuesday at Greencastle. We continued to fight and made a run there at the end of the second quarter and that really got us back in the game. (Owen Valley) came out and hit some more shots and got another big lead in the third quarter, we fought back and weren't really out of the game, but we had some empty possessions there at the end that cost us."
The Knights fall to 1-11 overall and host Cascade on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
At Owen Valley
Knight 0-1 0-0 0, Webster 8-16 4-4 21, Hughes 4-6 0-0 8, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Sampson 3-5 0-2 6, Girton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-31 4-7 35.
Owen Valley (47)
Evans 3-4 0-0 8, Matsel 3-8 0-0 9, Leichter 6-11 1-2 13, Heaslet 5-12 2-3 15, Kinnick 1-5 0-0 2, Hamm 0-5 0-0 0, Owens 0-1 0-2 0, Eldridge 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-47 3-7 47.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-3 (Webster 1-3), OV 8-15 (Evans 2-2, Matsel 3-6, Heaslet 3-7). Total Rebounds -- Nv 28 (Sampson 28, Hughes 4), OV 22 (Hamm 5, Heaslet 4, Kinnick 4). Total Fouls -- Nv 13, OV 14. Fouled out -- Nv (Hughes). Turnovers -- Nv 23, OV 10.