Times Sports Editor
The Northview Knights got a big win over visiting Cascade on Tuesday night to halt a six-game losing streak and hold off a talented Cadets squad, 55-49.
Trailing by double-digits, Cascade upped the pressure in the second half as Stein came alive with 11 points in the third period. However, the Knights hit just enough shots to hold Cascade at bay as a 3-pointer from Hughes and an offensive rebound put Northview in front 29-16. The Cadets answered with a 3-pointer from Roxanna Gaddis, but Rowa followed with a score and a free throw.
Stein came back with a 3-pointer after a turnover by the Knights and added a three-point play to narrow the gap to 32-25, but Northview's Mallory Smith responded with her own three-point play.
Sallee, playing with three fouls, scored on a drive and Cascade's Mallorie Smith got her team within 35-29 to end the period.
"We still get rattled at times and we show out youth at times and if we can get through those times, then we can play well," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "We're getting older and learning how to handle those situations."
Cascade kept coming in the fourth quarter as Sallee helped to pressure the Knights into eight turnovers in the final period. In fact, six of those turnovers were in the first 2:32 of the quarter as a bucket by Stein got the Cadets within 35-32. The Cascade junior added a 3-pointer and two free throws as the Cadets comeback tied the score at 37-all with 4:34 remaining.
The game began to have an all too familiar feel for the Knights, but Northview got the big shots it needed them most.
Kumpf hit back-to-back jumpers, Ashley Hughes blocked a shot and followed with a 3-pointer and Mallory Smith drilled another jumper to push the lead back to 46-38 with 2:48 remaining.
"Those were huge shots because things were not going our way. We called a timeout and talked about this is our opportunity where we have to step up and make some plays," Buell said. "McKenzi (Kumpf) hit two big (shots), Ashley (Hughes) hit a big '3' and Mallory (Smith) hit one in the corner. It really got our confidence back and got our energy back and we needed it at that point."
Cascade nearly evened the score once more as Sallee hit two free throws, Gaddis hit a trey and two free throws from Mallorie Smith got the Cadets within 46-45.
However, Whitney Halfhill hit two free throws and Rowan added a put back for a 50-45 lead with 49 seconds remaining. A 3-pointer by Stein, who had 21 of her 23 points after halftime, got the Cadets within three points with 23 seconds left, but Kumpf added two free throws and Rowan added one more to seal the victory.
"We had a nice lead, we were playing well and then we got into panic mode for a little while. I'm really proud. We showed the toughness to pull out a victory. We knocked shots down in the fourth quarter and we hit some free throws," Buell said. "This team is learning how to win now. The last couple of games we had some opportunities in the last minute to win the ball game, but weren't able to pull it out. We're making strides in the right direction."
The Knights got 12 points apiece from Kumpf and Rowan with Hughes tallying 10. Smith posted nine points and 10 rebounds and Weddle had six points. Halfhill added four free throws and Sierra Girton wrapped the scoring with two points.
The Knights (5-9 overall) host Martinsville on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
M.Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Gaddis 3-15 1-2 9, Smallwood 0-3 0-0 0, Sallee 3-12 6-9 13, Stein 7-14 4-4 23, Bell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-51 13-17 49.
Kumpf 5-10 2-2 12, Weddle 2-4 2-2 6, Hughes 3-3 1-2 10, Rowan 5-15 2-6 12, Smith 4-10 1-3 9, Halfhill 0-0 4-8 4, Girton 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 20-43 12-23 55.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 3-3 (Hughes 3-3), Ca 6-23 (Gaddis 2-9, Stein 3-6, Sallee 1-4, Smallwood 0-3, M.Smith 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 46 (Rowan 18, Smith 10, Kumpf 5), Ca 24 (Sallee 7, Stein 4). Team rebounds -- Nv 5, Ca 3. Total Fouls -- Nv 18, Ca 21. Fouled out -- Nv (Weddle), Ca (Bell). Turnovers -- Nv 26, Ca 13.
Junior varsity: Northview lost 38-20.