Times Sports Editor
MOORESVILLE -- Heading into the Class 4A Mooresville girl's basketball sectional having not played a game since Jan. 28, the Northview Knights faced an overwhelming Plainfield defensive effort and fell by a 59-13 score.
The Quakers' quickness in their full court and man-to-man defense held the Knights without a shot over the first 6:32 of the game while building a 14-0 lead and a 20-2 advantage after Chelsey Sampson's first Northview bucket with 5:35 left in the half.
"We've been preparing (for the pressure defense) in practice. We knew they were going to come get us extremely hard. (Plainfield) is probably the quickest team we've seen all year," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "Their athleticism is unbelievable and they just got into us and we couldn't do anything. We practiced twice in the last 10 days and obviously that didn't help. There is a reason (Plainfield) is the favorite in this sectional against some very good teams."
Plainfield forced 23 turnovers in the first half while the Knights fell behind 32-6 at the midway point. All of Northview's points came from Chelsey Sampson (four points) and Taylor Carter (two points).
The Quakers came out and turned the Knights' turnovers into transition baskets while taking 23 more shots than Northview during the first half. Evan as Plainfield went to their bench, Northview struggled to get into an offensive rhythm.
"When they brought their subs in, they were just as good as the starters," Buell said.
Northview did score the first two baskets of the second half as Sampson scored twice inside the paint and Ashley Hughes' free throw narrowed the gap to 33-11.
However, Plainfield got back on track as Indiana State-recruit, Kasey Johnson scored four of her game-high 12 points and a 3-pointer from Michelle McGary pushed the lead to 46-11 after three quarters.
In the final period, Northview went to its bench for much of the period as seniors Lauren Webster and Sampson were recognized in their final game on the court.
Plainfield placed 11 players in the scoring column and got 20 points from its bench.
The Knights conclude their season at 3-15 overall while the Quakers improve to 13-6 overall and won their sixth straight game.
Afterwards, Buell commented on what his team needs to do to improve as 13 players on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores.
"We have to get in the weight room and get stronger," Buell said regarding the offseason. "We have to get quicker, so with the new (enrollment) classification coming out, we're back in this sectional next year so that is our competition out there on the floor. We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."
Class 4A Mooresville Sectional
Knight 0-1 0-1 0, Webster 0-7 0-0 0, Hughes 0-1 1-3 1, Carter 1-2 0-1 2, Sampson 4-6 0-0 8, Girton 0-1 0-0 0, Weddle 0-1 0-2 0, Potter 0-0 1-2 1, Barrett 0-2 0-0 0, Lummis 0-0 0-0 0, Berry 0-0 1-3 1, Deckard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 5-20 3-12 13.
Johnson 6-14 0-1 12, Motter 2-4 0-0 4, Janssen 3-6 1-2 7, Fisher 3-9 2-2 8, Henson 3-9 2-2 8, Jeffries 2-3 0-0 5, Gilbert 1-3 0-0 2, Fromm 3-4 1-2 7, McGary 1-5 0-0 3, Pearcy 1-2 0-2 2, Clapp 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 25-60 7-13 59.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 0-1 (Webster 0-1), PL 2-17 (McGary 1-3, Jeffries 1-2, Johnson 0-4, Henson 0-6, Fisher 0-1, Gilbert 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 23 (Sampson 6), PL 34 (Several with four). Total Fouls -- Nv 9, PL 17. Turnovers -- Nv 36, PL 12.