Northview girls grit out tough WIC win over Golden Arrows
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The Northview girls used a 5-0 spurt during the final minute of play to edge visiting Sullivan 47-43 in Friday night’s Western Indiana Conference basketball tilt.
The Knights needed someone to make a play down the stretch, clinging to a tenuous one-point lead with three minutes remaining in the game. Turnovers had plagued both teams all game long and the feeling was that a two-possession lead would be tough to overcome for either team.
Leading 42-41, Olivia Lundy pushed the Northview lead to a field goal with a free throw with 45 seconds left. She would miss the second shot, but her sister Jenny snagged the carom and got the put basket to extend the Knights’ advantage to 45-41. She would add two more free throws with 26 seconds to go to seal the WIC win.
Offense wasn’t a struggle during the early going for the Knights as Makayla Sparks drained a 3-pointer to get the game underway. Olivia Lundy had six of her 13 points in the opening period as the Knights led 16-10 at the first stop.
While Northview committed nine turnovers over the first eight minutes, Sullivan reciprocated with 10 of its own. However, the Knights also hit 6-of-10 field goal attempts and three-of-four free throws to counter the missed opportunities.
The middle two quarters weren’t as kind to the Knights as the miscues continued with 15 combined during the second and third periods.
Sullivan made a move with Asia Povlin scored six points in the second quarter and senior Carly Brown added seven of her nine points as the Golden Arrows took a 29-27 lead at halftime. The lead would grow to 39-35 to end the third period with Suilivan scoring 10 straight points to end the quarter on a 3-pointer by Reagan Holeman.
Northview would respond as Olivia Lundy scored off an assist by Haley Richey. Jenny Lundy added a free throw along with Sparks. The Knights couldn’t manage a field goal, but chipped away at Sullivan’s lead at the charity stripe.
Addy Thompson hit a free throw to get the Knights6within 41-40 with 3:45 remaining and Olivia Lundy added two more shortly afterwards to put Northview on top to stay. Despite hitting just 50-percent from the line in the final period, Northview made up for it by taking 16 free throws, making eight. Meanwhile, Sullivan was just 2-of-10 from the field in the final period and also committed six turnovers.
Jenny Lundy had a game-high 14 points and grabbed seven of her nine rebounds in the final quarter.
Northview improves to 7-2 overall, 1-0 in the WIC and travels to South Vermillion on Wednesday.
Sparks 2-9 3-4 8, Buell 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 0-1 3-7 3, O. Lundy 5-11 3-4 13, J. Lundy 4-7 6-12 14, Nelson 1-1 0-0 2, Richey 2-4 0-0 5, Barger 1-3 0-2 2. Totals: 15-37 15-29 47.
Holeman 2-5 3-4 9, Brown 3-6 3-3 9, Hatch 3-9 0-2 8, Povlin 3-7 2-2 9, Lueking 2-4 0-1 4, Akers 1-6 0-0 2, Ravellette 1-3 0-0 2, Ming 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-41 8-12 43.
3-point field goals - Nv 2-9 (Sparks 1-5, Richey 1-3, J. Lundy 0-1), SL 5-14 (Hatch 2-5, Holeman 2-4, Povlin 1-4, Akers 0-1). Total Rebounds - Nv 28 (J. Lundy 9, O. Lundy 6), SL 27 (Hatch 10). Total Fouls - Nv 14, SL 26. Fouled out - SL (Povlin, Brown). Turnovers - Nv 29, SL 30.