It was a throw-out-the-records type of night at Southview.
Despite winning two games all season, there was no wilting from the Southview girls basketball team. They led rival Northview 16-15 at halftime and trailed 29-28 after three quarters before the Wildcats used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to fuel a 49-32 victory.
“We were finally able to get the stops that we wanted and we were able to settle down,” said Northview coach Pat Sayre. “This was an incredible environment. It made us a little anxious. Toward the end of the game, we started getting the exact look we wanted. Kyley Keene was able to score and we strung together some stops.”
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IN PICTURES: Northview 49, Southview 32
Keene had a game-high 20 points — 13 in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter. Teammate Kylie Archibeque had 16 points with all but two coming in the second half.
The Wildcats outscored Southview 20-4 in the decisive fourth quarter. A stingy defensive performance with the game on the line was perhaps even more impressive than Northview’s ability to score when points appeared to be at a premium. Large stretches of the game featured sloppy play and missed opportunities at both ends of the floor.
“We talked about such an high energy game that you don’t want to play out of your character. You want to do what we do, do it well, and with a lot of focus. At the beginning of the game, we did not do that. But we took a deep breath at halftime and were able to play our type of basketball in the second half.”
Elisha Quinn led Southview with 12 points, Charnae Merrell had nine, and Halle Barnett scored five.
Northview improved to 8-6 overall and 4-5 in the Northern Lakes League. Southview is now 2-13 and 1-8.
Northview’s Kylie Archibeque runs the offense in front of Southview’s Charnae Merrell on Friday night. THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
Northview’s Kyley Keene, left, grabs a rebound away from Southview’s Lily Sweeney during the Wildcats’ victory on Friday night. THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON