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Northview girls fall to Wildcats

Friday, January 20, 2012

Northview junior Cassie Weddle finished with nine points and two assists Friday, but the Knights fell to South Vermillion, 46-44. [Order this photo]
While the Northview coaching staff thought it was two free throws, the officials saw it otherwise.

On Friday, the Northview girls' basketball squad trailed West Central Conference foe South Vermillion by one point, 45-44, with less than 10 seconds left as junior Cassie Weddle drove the lane for a shot.

As she went up for the shot, a South Vermillion defender also went up.

The call was a jump ball, giving the ball to the Wildcats.

South Vermillion's Morgan Samuelson sealed the game with one free throw for the two-point victory.

"They called a jump ball," NHS coach Scott Buell said. "We thought it was a foul."

Early in the contest, it looked as if the Wildcats were on their way to the win, taking a 22-13 lead into halftime.

However, Northview stormed out of the gates in the second half, playing some of the most aggressive basketball they have all season.

"We were struggling (in the first half) on offense because they were playing a very unusual zone defense," Buell said.

He added a few halftime adjustments allowed the Knights to open up the offense.

The Knights kicked it into high gear in the third quarter of the contest, pulling within three, 28-25, after a bucket by Abbey Timberman off an assist from Ashley Hughes.

The Wildcats took a 32-27 lead with less than two minutes to go in the third before the Knights ended the quarter on a 5-0 run off baskets by McKenzi Kumpf and Sierra Girton to knot the game at 32-all heading into the final quarter.

Northview earned its first lead of the game off a steal and bucket from Timberman on the first possession of the fourth period.

After a Wildcat turnover, Hughes scored, pushing the Knights up four.

Northview maintained a four-point lead until Hughes grabbed an offensive rebound for a putback, followed by a basket by Girton, pushing NHS up, 42-34, with 4:36 remaining in regulation.

But with an effective press, which caused a handful of turnovers, in addition to a few ill-advised shots by Northview, the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run to knot the game at 42-all.

However, Weddle drove coast-to-coast for a bucket with 2:05 remaining to push the Knights up two.

Northview attempted to hold the ball in the waning minutes of the contest. But South Vermillion's Bailey Mack capitalized off a Knight turnover with a three-pointer, pulling the Wildcats up one, 45-44, setting up the final seconds.

We got up eight points and we took a couple of shots that we probably shouldn't have," Buell said. "We were trying to be aggressive, but it just didn't happen."

Hughes paced the Knights with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Timberman finished with 10 points and three steals. Weddle came off the bench to score nine points.

Despite falling, Buell said he was pleased with his team's effort.

"I couldn't be more proud of the girls," he said. "It just slipped away from us. But we have improved tremendously."

The Knights (0-15) will face Clay City at home Tuesday, with the junior varsity set for a 6 p.m., tip-off.

At Northview

S. Vermillion 10 12 10 14 -- 46

Northview 5 8 19 12 -- 44

S. Vermillion -- Cheesewright 4-12 0-0 10, B. Mack 4-9 2-5 12, Riggen 1-4 0-0 2, K. Mack 2-3 4-5 8, Samuelson 3-8 4-7 10, Kirby 1-3 3-6 5, Freed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-39 FG, 13-23 FT, 46 TP.

Northview -- Girton 2-4 0-0 5, Kumpf 4-10 0-1 8, Timberman 5-12 0-0 10, Hughes 6-12 0-0 12, Halfhill 0-7 0-0 0, Weddle 3-11 2-2 9, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-56 FG, 2-3 FT, 44 TP.

3-pt. FG -- SV 4-12 (Cheesewright 2-3), NHS 2-12 (Girton 1-2). Rebounds -- SV 23 (Cheesewright 10), NHS 32 (Hughes 10). Blocks -- SV 5 (Cheesewright 3), NHS 0. Assists -- SV 7 (Samuelson 4), NHS 9 (Hughes 3). Steals -- SV 11 (K. Mack, Samuelson 4), NHS 9 (Timberman 3). Total Fouls -- SV 9, NHS 17. Turnovers -- SV 20, NHS 23.

Next Game -- The Knights (0-15 overall, 0-5 in WIC) face Clay City at home Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m.