Times Sports Editor
A heavy dose of grit and hustle were just what Northview needed in a girl's basketball battle with visiting Danville on Wednesday night.
The Knights outrebounded the Warriors by 10, got some key steals down the stretch and held Danville to just two-of-11 shooting from the field to score a 42-34 victory that halted a five-game losing stretch.
"We knew the schedule was going to be tough, Danville's been struggling this year, but they've been playing better of late," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "They've really scored some points against some pretty good basketball teams. I was really happy with our defense tonight. They shoot a lot of '3's' and we did a good job of getting a hand up."
The game remained tight throughout with neither team leading by more than four points until the final seconds of the second half.
Tiffany Moore tied the score for Danville with a pair of free throws in the third quarter and Chelsea Gould gave the Warriors a 23-21 lead off an offensive rebound. A Knights' turnover led to a jumper from Sarah Elliott and a 25-21 advantage. However, the Knights came back on a pair of free throws from Lauren Webster and two more from Leeanna Knight. Northview forced a turnover and a score by Webster gave the Knights a lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Northview led 31-28 after a jumper from Taylor Carter, but Taryn Collier pulled Danville within 32-31.
It was the closest the Warriors would get the rest of the way.
Webster scored on a driving lay-in and Ashley Hughes made a key steal that led to a lay-in by Carter as Northview increased its lead to 36-31 with 3:08 left in the game.
"There in the third quarter we started looking a little shaky, but we showed a lot of heart and character, fought back, got the lead and then our seniors knocked down the free throws at the end," Buell said.
Buell was especially happy with how hard his players went after the victory down the stretch.
"She plays so hard and she made a couple of huge steals," Buell said of Hughes. "I thought Taylor (Carter) played really well tonight. She was just in some foul trouble and Leeanna Knight played outstanding. Once again she's guarding the other team's best player and I thought she played a very good game."
Rebounding was huge for the Knights, who had a 35-25 advantage on the boards as Webster added eight rebounds to her 19-point night. Sampson and Carter each had six rebounds for the Knights.
"We talked about how (Danville) shoots a lot of 3-pointers and there was going to be a lot of long rebounds, everybody has got to box out and you've got to attack the basketball while it's in the air," Buell said. "I thought for the most part we did a great job of that tonight. I thought our effort was good the entire night."
"She was everywhere tonight," Buell said of Webster. "I'm really proud of her effort and the way she plays. She's been our best free throw shooter all year and to go 11-of-13, we needed all of them obviously."
The Knights (2-12 overall) head to South Vermillion on Friday for a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.
Moore 2-5 4-9 9, Taylor 1-4 0-0 3, Covey 0-1 0-0 0, Collier 5-19 0-0 10, Elliott 3-8 0-0 8, Gould 1-4 0-0 2, Crane 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 14-43 4-9 42.
Knight 0-2 3-5 3, Webster 4-14 11-13 19, Hughes 0-3 2-2 2, Carter 4-8 0-0 8, Sampson 3-10 2-2 8, Girton 1-1 0-1 2. Totals: 12-36 18-23 42.
3-point fieldgoals -- Dv 4-12 (Taylor 1-4, Elliott 2-5, Moore 1-2, Gould 0-1), Nv 0-2 (Webster 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Dv 25 (Collier 8), Nv 35 (Webster 8, Sampson 6, Carter 6). Total Fouls -- Dv 17, Nv 11. Fouled out -- Dv (Covey). Turnovers -- Dv 11, Nv 16.
JV game -- Northview lost 28-19. The Knights got nine points from Cassie Weddle and four from Natasha Barrett.