Times Sports Editor
The final result might not show it, but Northview's girls' basketball team showed some growth during another tough match-up, this time against Terre Haute South. And while the Braves ultimately came out with a 52-23 victory, the Knights have some things to build upon.
The Knights gave South some problems on defense early on in the contest and were able to get Div. I IPFW recruit, Hannah Lee, into some foul trouble in the first half that kept her from exploiting her 6'1 size advantage.
The Braves hit just 3-of-12 shots from the field during the first quarter, but maintained a 13-4 rebounding advantage in the period. South was also able to press, trap and harass the Knights' offense into its own shooting woes (0-8 fg).
The Braves led 9-1 after the opening period and pushed that gap midway through the quarter before the Knights got a pair of scores from Cassie Weddle and one from Mikayla Rowan to claw within eight points.
However, the Braves finished the half strong to take a 25-10 lead at the midway point.
"I think there are a lot of positives we can take from tonight. I was a little disappointed in how we finished the first half. We had it cut to eight and then (South) went on a 7-0 run to finish the half and that was huge," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "We executed our offense better, we got some open shots, they just didn't go in tonight. It's just a matter of confidence. We have to have confidence out there on the floor. The more we play, that's going to come."
South extended that lead early in the second half before the Knights made a short run on a free throw from Rowan as Lee picked up her fourth foul with 5:09 left in the quarter. Mallory Smith then scored off an assist from Whitney Halfhill in transition to get Northview back within 29-15.
"(The Braves) are starting five seniors and with (Tasia) Brewer coming off the bench because of her injury, she's their best player, they've got a lot of length, they are quick and they shoot the ball extremely well," Buell said. "They have a lot of shooters they can put out there. We put it in a new offense in the last week and a half and to come out and run it tonight against that type of defense, I was pleased with how things went, we just couldn't make a shot."
Rowan, who tied for game-high honors with 11 points, hit a jumper to end the run and Ashley Hughes followed with a bucket as the Knights made a brief 6-0 surge, but the Braves were too far out front.
Six different South players scored at least six points led by Lee and Kayla Ennen's 11 points. Rowan had eight rebounds and Kenzi Kumpf added five. Mallory Smith had three points for the Knights.
In the JV game, South claimed a 41-16 victory despite six points from Natasha Barrett, four from Sydney Buell and two each from Tidy Weese, Brittany Fagg and Grace Sutherland.
The Knights are back in action on Saturday night at home against Brown County beginning at 6 p.m.
T.H. South (52)
Butts 3-6 0-0 6, Ennen 4-5 0-0 11, Bailey 0-2 2-2 2, Ellis 3-6 0-0 7, Lee 5-10 1-2 11, Brewer 2-4 2-4 6, Shanks 0-0 2-2 2, Joyner 0-2 0-0 0, Metheny 0-2 1-2 1, Compton 2-2 2-4 6, Fendrick 0-3 0-2 0, Buchanan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-44 10-18 52.
Halfhill 0-3 0-1 0, Kumpf 0-2 0-0 0, Hughes 1-11 1-2 3, Girton 1-4 0-0 2, Rowan 4-11 3-4 11, Timberman 0-3 0-0 0, Weddle 2-4 0-0 4, Smith 1-2 1-2 3, Buell 0-1 0-0 0, Barrett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-41 5-12 23.
3-point fieldgoals -- THS 4-6 (Butts 0-1, Ennen 3-3, Ellis 1-2), Nv 0-3 (Halfhil 0-1, Hughes 0-2). Rebounds -- THS 31 (Ennen 6, Lee 5, Bailey 5), Nv 23 (Rowan 8, Kumpf 5). Team rebounds -- THS 2, Nv 5. Total Fouls -- THS 13, Nv 11. Turnovers -- THS 19, Nv 26.