Times Sports Editor
The Northview girl's basketball team is finally being rewarded for doing the little things during games and on Friday night they came away with a two-game winning streak after defeating South Vermillion 51-47.
The Knights pounded South Vermillion on the boards, 39-25, hit 80 percent of their free throws (12-of-15) and wasted little time in getting talented 6'0 freshman center, Adrienne Pritchard in foul trouble.
Meanwhile, the Knights came out and put a 10-0 run on the Wildcats to start the game as South Vermillion missed its first 10 shots of the game.
"With the snow, we couldn't practice yesterday so we had zero time to prepare for tonight," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "We talked about a few things before we left on the scouting report and they did an excellent job of executing."
Despite the big early lead, Northview saw the Wildcats knock down some big shots from the perimeter in the fourth quarter to get within 48-45 with 23.5 seconds remaining, but Lauren Webster hit three-of-four free throws to seal the victory.
"We got off to a great start, (South Vermillion) made a great run on us in the second quarter, but we fought back and got a big lead," Buell said. "They hit some big three's down the stretch, but I'm really proud of our effort."
The Knights got six points from Ashley Hughes in the first quarter as Northview led 12-6 through the first eight minutes of action.
South Vermillion came battling back in the second quarter, getting hot from 3-point land as Bailey Mack hit a pair form beyond the arc and Jalen Brower added another bomb as the lead shrank to 22-20 at halftime.
The Knights allowed a score by Gretchen Riggen to open the second half that tied the score, but then ran off a 10-3 streak to take a 32-25 advantage. Chelsey Sampson, who had 17 points and seven rebounds, drew another foul on Pritchard to open the third quarter, which greatly limited her defensive presence in the paint.
The Knights went to work, feeding the ball to Sampson for a score off an assist by Webster to regain a 26-22 lead. Brower hit a runner for the Wildcats, but Sampson followed with two free throws and then added consecutive lay-ins for the seven-point lead.
Leeanna Knight scored off an offensive rebound to end the period with Northview taking a 36-27 lead.
Knight was huge in the game, grabbing nine boards and tallying eight points.
"I thought Leeanna (Knight) played her best game of the season tonight," Buell said. "Ashley (Hughes) did a good job, Taylor (Carter) played well again. All five of those starters had a good game tonight."
The 3-point shot was key for the Wildcats in the fourth quarter comeback as Jessie Lubovich opened scoring in the period with a bomb. Mandy Kelly got to the line for a free throw and scored off a turnover to narrow the gap to 38-33. However, Taylor Carter followed with a jumper for the Knights.
Webster and Sampson scored on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead back to 44-35 before a pair of free throws from Cheesewright and a 3-pointer by Brower got South Vermillion back to within 44-40 with 1:35 left.
However, Webster came back for a jumper and added two free throws for the Knights.
Free throw shooting was key in the game as South Vermillion hit just nine-of-22 from the line.
The Knights got 12 points from Webster and eight from Carter to go with Sampson's big night.
"I thought Chelsey (Sampson) played outstanding tonight," Buell said. "We need that out of her. This is a big win for us. That's two in a row and to get a conference win on the road, that's a big step for our team."
The Knights improve to 3-12 overall and travel to Clay City on Tuesday night.
At South Vermillion
Knight 3-5 2-3 8, Webster 2-7 6-8 12, Hughes 2-8 1-2 6, Carter 4-7 0-2 8, Sampson 7-12 3-3 17, Girton 0-1 0-0 0, Weddle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-41 12-15 51.
S. Vermillion (47)
Samuelson 2-13 2-4 6, Kelly 3-6 3-10 9, Brower 6-14 0-0 15, Cheesewright 0-6 3-4 3, Pritchard 1-1 1-4 3, Lubovich 1-2 0-0 3, Br. Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Mack 2-6 0-0 6, Riggen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 16-51 9-22 47.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-3 (Hughes 1-2, Webster 0-1), SV 6-16 (Brower 3-7, Lubovich 1-1, Mack 2-5, Kelly 0-2, Br. Wright 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 39 (Knight 9, Sampson 7), SV 25 (Kelly 7, Mack 4). Total Fouls -- Nv 13, SV 18. Turnovers -- Nv 17, SV 10.