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Pioneer pressure too much for Knights' offense

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Northview's Mikayla Rowan elevates for a shot over Mooresville's Taylor Porter on Thursday. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

A typically tough, physical Mooresville girl's basketball team shrugged off a slow start offensively to eventually cruise past Northview on Thursday evening by a 50-16 score.

Missing starting guard Ashley Hughes for the second game due to a concussion, the Knights' offense struggled to get much going against a rugged Pioneer's defense that forced 31 turnovers and limited Northview to just 23 shots in the game. Coach Scott Buell knew what was in store against the Class 4A No. 14 Pioneers.

"I told the team during the first timeout that this is a typical 4A game. It's extremely physical and you have to be mentally tough and have to have the physical strength to play it," Buell said. "We've gotten stronger, but we still need to get in the weight room so we can play that physical of a basketball game."

Senior guard Brett Green got her team going during the first quarter, scoring six of her 10 points before heading to the bench with her second foul. Once Mooresville's leading scorer left the court, the Pioneers struggled with its offensive rhythm.

After leading 12-5 after the first quarter, the game hit a rut with Mooresville leading 17-7. The Knights turned the ball over nine teams in the second period and Mooresville hit just 4-of-14 shots in the quarter.

However, it was freshman Lauren McBryan that came off the bench to spark the Pioneers with her second 3-pointer of the game in the quarter as her team opened up a 23-11 lead at halftime.

Northview struggled all night to find an opening in Mooresville's half court defense, hitting just six-of-23 shots from the field. At the other end, the Pioneers attempted 67 shots in the game, spurred by Northview's turnover total.

Mooresville put the game away in the third quarter as Green hit a pair of free throws, Jessica McFarland added a bucket leading to a jumper by Green. McBryan, who led the team with 17 points, nailed another 3-pointer. Her second trifecta of the quarter helped Mooreville to an 18-0 run in the quarter as Northview was held scoreless.

Northview's Whitney Halfhill drives past a Mooresville defender in Thursday's loss. [Order this photo]
"(Mooresville) didn't press us. That was all halfcourt and we talked about that after the game. I can't fault our effort at all. I thought we played hard. Defensively, we did a fairly decent job," Buell said. "They were able to hit some 3-pointers, but our defense was solid. It didn't matter, we called probably 10 different sets in the third quarter that had multiple screens and we physically couldn't get to the screens to help alleviate some of the pressure."

In the fourth quarter, the Knights got buckets from Mikayla Rowan, who had nine points, and Mallory Smith added a fieldgoal. Sierra Girton had a free throw, but the Knights failed to make any inroads into the Mooresville lead.

The Northview junior varsity team dropped to 0-2 after a 47-23 decision as Brittany Fagg had 13 points and Sydney Buell posted 10.

The Knights (2-3 overall) have a break until after Thanksgiving when they travel to Terre Haute South on Nov. 27.

At Northview

Mooresville (50)

Cavanaugh 0-3 0-0 0, Fisher 0-3 0-0 0, McFarland 2-4 0-1 5, Green 3-11 2-4 10, Corbin 2-11 1-2 5, McBryan 5-13 3-3 17, Porter 5-10 0-0 10, Johnson 1-2 0-0 3, Willett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-67 6-10 50.

Northview (16)

Halfhill 0-2 0-1 0, Timberman 1-5 0-0 2, Weddle 0-4 0-0 0, Rowan 3-6 3-5 9, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Kumpf 1-2 0-0 2, Girton 0-1 1-3 1, Fagg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 6-23 4-9 16.


3-point fieldgoals -- Mv 6-21 (McBryan 4-9, Johnson 1-1, McFarland 1-2, Cavanaugh 0-3, Fisher 0-2, Green 0-3, Corbin 0-1), Nv 0-4 (Weddle 0-2, Girton 0-1, Smith 0-1). Totals Rebounds -- Mv 31 (Corbin 8), Nv 26 (Rowan 6, Smith 5). Total Fouls -- Mv 16, Nv 13. Turnovers -- Mv 13, Nv 31.