North Knox press keys 57-36 win over WRV
SWITZ CITY -- North Knox D-feated host White River Valley 57-36 Monday night.
The Lady Warriors (9-2) used a merciless press to help force 28 WRV turnovers and turn a close game into a rout. WRV (2-8) trailed by only two after one quarter of play, but North Knox ground down the Lady Wolverines with their press and led 34-21 at the half.
“We had problems taking care of the basketball period,” said WRV coach Mark Graves. “We’ve stressed that and stressed that in practice. The girls understand this. The coaching staff understands this. We just haven’t figured it out.”
A difference in free throw attempts also accounted for the lopsided North Knox margin. The Lady Warriors shot 20 fouls shots, making 16, while the Lady Wolverines shot only four, converting one. Graves said WRV doesn’t seem to get to the line at home. He said Brown County and Clay City both got more charity tosses than WRV in its last two home games.
“I don’t know why, but we aren’t going to the free throw line at home,” he said.
Addi Graves led WRV with 12 points.
Reeva Hammelman sank three trifectas as she led North Knox with 20 points, and Makinzi Meurer scored 18.
The Lady Warriors only led by two, 14-12, when the first-quarter horn sounded. Graves tossed in a couple of buckets and Lacey Fisher and Sydney Stahl both buried treys for the hosts. Hammelman accounted for most of North Knox’s offense in the first half as she sank four deuces and one trey.
“I thought we started the game well and we haven‘t been doing that,” coach Graves said.
He noted the Lady Wolverines had North Knox down 10-3 at one point in the first quarter even though the visitors were pressing.
“We were able to take care of the basketball. We were able to get some stops,” he said. “We played well early. We just couldn’t keep it going.”
North Knox gradually crept ahead in the second period and led 24-17 after Graves turned her steal into a turnover. Four points by Meurer boosted the lead to 28-19, then four North Knox steals led to three buckets and a 34-21 halftime lead.
Hammelman knocked down two three-pointers and Addison McKinley sank a deuce to give North Knox a 42-21 lead early in the third quarter.
Graves then made a dazzling play to ignite a 7-0 WRV run. She went up for a jumper, but realized two Lady Warriors were likely to make her eat ball so she dished to Mattie Thrasher for a bucket. She also fed Fisher for a trey and sank a nine-footer herself.
However, McKinley converted an old-fashioned three-point play as the Lady Warriors closed the quarter with an 11-3 run to notch the win.
WRV defeated North Knox 23-16 in a grim battle of a junior varsity game. WRV blanked the Lady Warriors 3-0 in the first quarter, but the visitors shut out WRV 10-0 in the second to take a 10-3 halftime lead. The Lady Wolverines outscored their opponents 20-6 in the second half to pull out the win.
Scorers for WRV were: Jailyn Lundy, nine; Mylee Campbell, seven; Mia McDonald, five; and Hannah halt, two.
The Lady Wolverines will host Bloomfield at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in a Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference showdown.
N. Knox 14 20 19 4 -- 57
WRV 12 9 10 5 -- 36
NORTH KNOX (57)
McKinley 4 1-1 9, Earhart 0 0-0 0, Rylee Hammelman 1 0-0 2, Hagen 1 2-2 4, Yochum 1 0-0 2, Meurer 4 10-13 18, Kixmiller 0 2-2 2, Harbin 0 0-0 0, Nuckels 0 0-0 0, Reeva Hammelman 8 1-2 20, Wesley 0 0-0 0, TEAM 19 16-20 57.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (36)
Graves 6 0-2 12, Frye 1 0-0 3, Hostetter 1 1-2 3, Franklin 0 0-0 0, Fisher 2 0-0 6, Stahl 2 0-0 6, Thrasher 3 0-0 6, TEAM 15 1-4 36.
Three-Point Shooting: North Knox 3 (Reeva Hammelman 3), WRV 5 (Fisher 2, Stahl 2, Frye 1). Turnovers: WRV 28.