Weiss buries Warriors with career-best 22

BICKNELL — Rivet coach Rick Marshall made a list of things to give to his team on what it needed to do to defeat North Knox on Thursday, only to notice that he forgot the most important thing.

So a new entry went to the top — drive the ball to the basket.

Meredith Weiss took notice. The forward scored 11 first-quarter points and hit 8-of-9 shots on her way to a career-high 22 points, and the Patriots held off the charging Warriors for a 54-48 Blue Chip Conference victory.

Both teams came into the game with COVID-19 concerns. Class 2A honorable mention Rivet (1-1, 1-0 Blue Chip) had its season delayed and was missing a starter. North Knox (2-4, 1-2) was without two starters. The Patriots adjusted better, particularly early when they were the aggressor on both ends of the court in forging a 30-14 halftime lead.

Freshmen were the next two high scorers for Rivet. Arianna Gerkin tallied 11 points and Anna Herman came off the bench to supply eight points and six rebounds.

"It all started when Meredith took the ball to the basket. She set the tone by penetrating to the basket," Marshall said. "Then, for the most part, we executed our defensive game plan against them.

"We know we're fighting a lack of depth and we squandered the lead down the stretch. We have to hit our free throws (15-of-29) better. But for a team that's just had 15 practices, they played pretty well."

The Warriors, down 41-23 in the third quarter, hustled their way back into the game.

Graycie Poe had 11 of her season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. It was her fourth 3-pointer of the game, combined with Madison McCory's free throw that cut the gap to 48-42 with 2:29 remaining.

But Kenadee Frey went the length of the floor to net a pull-up, 10-footer. A minute later, she provided a timely steal that led to Gerkin's fast-break layup to extend the advantage to 53-44 and stopped the rally.

McCory was North Knox's second-leading scorer with nine. The finish comforted North Knox coach Steve Meurer.

"The second half my two leaders, Graycie Poe and Keanna Thomas, really encouraged the team and got our players up," Meurer said. "It was night and day from the first half. We were the aggressor, and that's my team. We have to be that pressing team because we're not big enough to just play in the half court.

"Poe's been down on herself. She hasn't been able to hit. But her second half was fun to watch. That's the Graycie Poe I know," he said. "If she brings that every game with our other girls coming back, we're going to be a nice team the second half of the year."

The Patriots, riddled with turnovers in their season-opening loss to Evansville Mater Dei, put that behind them Thursday. They deftly passed over North Knox's zone press, with Weiss often the finisher. She was 5-of-5 in the first eight minutes, one of them a 3-pointer, and Rivet erased the Warriors' only leads of 3-2 and 5-4 by taking a 17-10 advantage at the end of the stanza.

It got only better for the visitors in the second quarter. The Patriots scored nine consecutive points, ending on Gerkin's drive, to build a 27-12 cushion on their way to a 16-point halftime lead. The Warriors, with McCory on the bench with three fouls, had just two Thomas free throws in the last 7:35 of the half.

Weiss made her first seven attempts and was only a whistle away from having a perfect night. She missed a fourth-quarter shot when she was bumped severely on a drive that altered her heave to the rim.

"When Meredith becomes a part of beating the pressure up the court, along with Kenadee and Ari, when they want the ball, we're going to be all right. Ari played a lot more confidently," Marshall said. "Those two freshmen (Gerkin and Herman) are outstanding players. We have more of them too."

North Knox claimed the junior varsity game, 44-34. Reagan Jones poured in 20 points for the Warriors (4-2), Layna LeRoy 12 and Lillee Cardinal six. Reese McBee had 17 points and Kenzie Willis six for the Patriots (0-2).

Both teams play Saturday. North Knox entertains Bloomfield at 6 p.m., and Rivet ventures to North Posey at 6:30 p.m.

RIVET 54, NORTH KNOX 48

GIRLS-THURSDAY

RIVET

Carie (f) 3-8 1-2 7, Weiss (f) 8-9 3-4 22, K.Herman (c) 0-1 3-6 3, Frey (g) 1-3 0-2 2, Gerkin (g) 4-12 3-7 11, A.Herman 2-5 4-6 8, Mills 0-4 0-0 0, McBee 0-0 1-2 1, A.McGuire 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-42 15-29 54.

NORTH KNOX

Thomas (f) 0-2 2-2 2, McCory (g) 2-8 4-6 9, Poe (g) 7-13 5-6 23, Saucerman (g) 1-5 0-0 2, Hammelman (g) 2-6 0-0 6, Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Shaw 0-0 0-0 0, LeRoy 0-0 0-0 0, Armes 0-2 0-0 0, Cardinal 1-3 2-2 4, Sheren 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-44 13-16 48.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Rivet|17-13-12-12 — 54

North Knox|10-4-12-22 — 48

3-pointers: Rivet 3-9 (Weiss 3-3, Frey 0-1, Mills 0-2, Gerkin 0-3), North Knox 7-25 (Poe 4-8, Hammelman 2-3, McCory 1-6, Thomas 0-1, Saucerman 0-1, Armes 0-1, Cardinal 0-2, Williams 0-3). Rebounds: Rivet 29 (K.Herman 7), North Knox 22 (McCory 5). Turnovers: Rivet 15, North Knox 16. Fouls: Rivet 21, North Knox 20. Fouled out: Carie, A.Herman, Thomas. JV: North Knox 44-34.

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