Times Sports Editor
The Northview girl's basketball team played perhaps its best offensive game of the season against visiting Martinsville on Thursday night. However, the Artesians dominated the glass in pounding out a 66-40 victory over the Knights.
Martinsville took 26 more shots from the field due in large part to a 39-24 edge on the glass and pulled away late in gaining the victory between two potential sectional foes.
"There were certain aspects where I thought we played as well as we have all year," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "(Martinsville) just pounded us on the offensive boards and really, that was probably the difference in the game. They took so many more shots and had more opportunities and were able to score."
The Knights got off to a slow start with turnovers on their first five possessions of the game as Martinsville took a quick 6-0 lead. However, Northview found some rhythm after the sluggish start and crept back to within 17-14 after one period.
Lauren Webster scored four of her nine points in the quarter with both Taylor Carter and Chelsey Sampson adding four points apiece as well.
Aiding the Knights' cause was some early foul trouble by Martinsville starters, Kelsey Henselmeier, Hanna Bolin and Mariah Walker, who each picked up their second fouls early in the second period.
However, as quickly as Northview's offensive burst came, it was gone again in the second quarter.
The Knights hit just one-of-eight from the field and one-of-six from the free throw line as they were unable to take advantage of the Artesians' foul issues.
"We struggled from the free throw line, we didn't always get back on defense like I'd like, but overall it was probably one of our better games," Buell said. "The score doesn't really indicate it there at the end. It was a lot closer game then the score would indicate for the most part."
The rebounding proved pivotal however as Walker knocked down a 3-pointer, Bolin scored a three-point play and Bright nailed a 3-pointer as part of an 11-1 run that pushed the gap to 43-22.
"(Martinsville) just had an ability to go get it. They were just quicker to the basketball. Even if we had pretty solid block outs, there were a lot of long rebounds. They were just athletic enough to go get the basketball before we could get there," Buell said of the rebounding discrepancy.
Northview had a chance to cut into the lead as Carter and Sampson each hit shots to end the third quarter. However, three missed free throws to start the fourth quarter left the door open for Martinsville, which outrebounded Northview 22-9 in the second half.
The Knights got 12 points from Carter, 13 from Sampson, nine from Lauren Webster and six from Ashley Hughes, but Martinsville had seven players with five or more points with both Jessica Bright and Cailin Nix grabbing nine rebounds each.
"Offensively we were better tonight. If we could ever put four quarters together I'd like to see what we're capable of," Buell said.
The Knights fall to 1-12 overall and host Danville on Jan. 19.
Knight 0-1 0-0 0, Webster 2-4 5-9 9, Hughes 2-7 2-5 6, Carter 6-9 0-0 12, Sampson 5-6 3-6 13, Potter 0-0 0-0 0, Girton 0-0 0-0 0, Weddle 0-0 0-0 0, Barrett 0-0 0-0 0, Berry 0-0 0-2 0, Lummis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-34 10-22 40.
Henselmeier 2-6 2-2 6, Bolin 2-5 6-6 10, Nix 4-11 0-2 8, Walker 2-6 0-0 5, Bright 4-13 3-4 13, Fisher 4-8 1-2 9, Shields 7-9 1-3 15, Teeters 0-1 0-0 0, Ferguson 0-0 0-0 0, Gr. Elliott 0-0 0-0 0, Ch. Elliott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-60 13-19 66.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 0-4 (Webster 0-3, Hughes 0-1), Mv 3-14 (Walker 1-2, Bright 2-5, Bolin 0-3, Nix 0-3, Fisher 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 25 (Sampson 5, Hughes 4), Mv 39 (Bright 9, Nix 9). Total Fouls -- Nv 15, Mv 22. Fouled out -- Nv (Sampson). Turnovers -- Nv 20, Mv 10.
JV -- Northview lost 40-12.