Times Sports Editor
Don't let Martinsville's 6-8 overall record fool you. The Artesians are a battle tested girls' basketball team that has been through the 19th toughest schedule in the state regardless of class according to Sagarin Ratings. Martinsville has also faced five teams in the overall top-25.
The Artesians played like that hardened bunch on Thursday night, forcing 23 turnovers from Northview in gaining a 50-25 victory over the Knights.
Senior guard Cailin Nix gave Northview fits all night with her speed on both ends of the court. The 5'8 guard drove around and by several different Northview defenders on her way to 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field over three quarters
"(Cailin) Nix can flat out play," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "She's extremely quick, she can go either direction, she's got a good pull-up jumper. She is one of the better players we've seen all season. I was very impressed by her game."
Northview stayed close during the early stages of the game, trailing just 10-5 at the first stop. However, the Knights continued to struggle with their shot, hitting just 3-of-18 from the field in the opening two periods.
Meanwhile, Martinsville got four points apiece from Nix and Makayla Ferguson in the second quarter to extend its lead to 22-10 at halftime.
The Artesians were simply too physical for the Knights in the paint, outrebounding Northview 38-26 for the game and 7-1 in the final quarter.
Martinsville opened the second half with a free throw and a bucket from Gabby Fisher and a three-point play from Chandler Elliott to open a 28-10 lead.
The Knights committed eight turnovers in the third period that resulted in easy points for Martinsville.
"I thought we played really hard. I thought we moved the ball extremely well at times, but all of the little things added up in this game. Offensive rebounding really hurt us," Buell said. "We have got to get into the weight room and get stronger because that was a lot of the rebounding and the missed shots on the inside. That was some of the turnovers. It was just physical strength. The only way you can beat teams like Martinsville is to get into the weight room and get stronger."
Ferguson scored six points in the final quarter and Fisher,who had 11 points, also added six in the fourth period to help extend the final margin.
The Knights (5-10 overall) host Danville on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
Fisher 4-10 3-4 11, Nix 7-12 0-4 14, Ferguson 4-6 2-4 10, G.Elliott 0-4 0-0 0, C.Elliott 1-7 3-3 5, Peeden 1-3 0-0 2, Dailey 0-3 2-2 2, Teeters 2-3 0-1 4, Martin 0-2 0-0 0, England 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-50 10-18 50.
Kumpf 0-7 1-2 1, Weddle 0-4 2-4 2, Hughes 1-2 1-2 3, Rowan 4-8 5-7 13, Smith 2-7 2-2 6, Halfhill 0-2 0-2 0, Girton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 7-32 11-19 25.
3-point fieldgoals -- MV 0-6 (G.Elliott 0-2, Martin 0-2, Peeden 0-1, Ferguson 0-1), Nv 0-5 (Weddle 0-3, Girton 0-1, Smith 0-1). Total Rebounds -- MV 38 (C.Elliott 7, Teeters 7), Nv 26 (Rowan 7, Smith 5). Total Fouls -- MV 17, Nv 17. Turnovers -- MV 12, Nv 23.
Junior varsity: Martinsville won 42-12.