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Northview girls cruise past Wildcats

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ashley Hughes (No. 25) drives to the rim for two points against South Vermillion. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

CLINTON -- After some recent nailbiters, the Northview girls' basketball team captured its third win in four games in a comfortable manner on Friday.

The Knights forced six turnovers in the first quarter with full court pressure defense and scored the first 10 points of the game on the way to a 53-28 WIC victory over South Vermillion.

The Wildcats scuffled with the Knights' pressure, which in turn lead to some easy looks and a 20-4 lead at the first stop. Northview coach Scott Buell was pleased with how his team got out to a comfortable margin in the opening eight minutes.

"Our first goal tonight was to come out and have a lot of intensity," Buell said. "That is the best start we have had all year. We were able to get it into a full court game, put pressure on them and turn them over. We were able to finish and build a big lead, quick."

Part of the Knights' early offensive success could be attributed to the smooth shooting from sophomore McKenzi Kumpf, who drilled her first four shots of the game, all jumpers, on the way to an efficient 12-point outing on 6-of-8 shooting.

"She had an outstanding game," Buell said of Kumpf. "It didn't seem like she missed hardly any shots out there and we need that from her. That will help open up the inside when teams start to pack it in (defensively)."

South Vermillion wasn't really able to pack the defense into the paint to limit 5'11 Mikayla Rowan on the block. The sophomore knocked home 6-of-7 shots in the first half and tallied 16 points despite getting plenty of time off and not playing at all in the fourth period.

Sophomore McKenzi Kumpf goes up for two of her 12 points in Friday's victory. [Order this photo]
Northview's reserves got plenty of work Friday night as 12 players saw the floor and eight of them scored.

Senior Ashley Hughes got to the rim for 10 points and both Cassie Weddle and Mallory Smith added four points in a balanced scoring effort. Sierra Girton provided three more points and Whitney Halfhill added two.

"We had great balance tonight, three players in double figures (scoring). We need that every night," Buell said. "If we can get that, it will make us a really good basketball team. I was very pleased with that tonight."

The second half lead grew to as much as 46-16 on a bucket by Hughes off a nice feed from Halfhill.

The Knights improve to 7-10 overall and visit county rival Clay City on Tuesday night.

Girl's game

Northview (53)

Kumpf 6-8 0-0 12, Weddle 1-6 2-2 4, Hughes 4-8 2-2 10, Rowan 8-11 0-0 16, Smith 2-8 0-0 4, Buell 1-2 0-0 2, Fagg 0-4 0-0 0, Halfhill 1-3 0-0 2, Timberman 0-2 0-0 0, Girton 0-2 3-5 3, Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Sutherland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-55 5-7 53.

S.Vermillion (28)

Vitaniemi 0-2 0-0 0, Wright 0-2 0-0 0, Andrew 0-2 1-2 1, B.Mack 6-16 3-4 17, Freed 1-5 0-1 2, Johnson 1-6 1-2 3, Spivey 0-1 5-8 5, Rigsby 0-1 0-0 0, Russell 0-2 0-0 0, K.Mack 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 8-36 8-13 28.


3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 0-3 (Halfhill 0-1, Weddle 0-1, Hughes 0-1), SV 2-5 (B.Mack 2-3, Freed 0-1, Spivey 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 28 (Rowan 7), SV 32 (Freed 8). Total Fouls -- Nv 15, SV 10. Turnovers -- Nv 10, SV 23.