After losing the season opener to Aurora on the road, the Nordonia girls basketball team bounced back with a pair of big wins.
First, the Lady Knights downed Normandy by the score of 55-29 at home Nov. 28. Then, they drilled Valley Forge by a 72-27 margin on the road Dec. 1.
Both games were non-conference contests for Nordonia. As a result, the Lady Knights are 2-1 on the campaign.
The Lady Knights jumped on Normandy quickly, surging to a 13-2 lead by the end of the opening quarter. Nordonia was on top 24-10 at intermission.
The Lady Knights blew the game open in the third stanza, outscoring the Lady Invaders 22-5. As a result, they held a commanding 46-15 lead heading into the final frame, cruising to victory from there.
Nordonia boasted a very well-balanced offensive attack. None of the Lady Knights reached double digits in scoring, but a total of 11 players contributed points.
Leading the way was junior forward Morgan Mitchell, who tallied nine points. In addition, freshman guard Katie Karalic produced eight points and four players contributed six points apiece--senior guard Brittany Simon, senior guard Nataly Ciocca, senior guard Hannah Woodall and junior forward Brook Harter.
Accounting for four points each were sophomore guard Brandy Merritt and senior forward Brandy Richards, while senior guard Aysa Shine, senior forward Allyson Carpenter and sophomore center Hannah Stroe all added two markers.
With the loss, Normandy remained winless with a record of 0-3.
Nordonia was even more dominant in its victory over Valley Forge. The Lady Knights were on top 18-7 at the end of the first quarter and 35-18 at intermission.
Continuing a trend of dominance in the third quarter, Nordonia outscored the Lady Patriots 22-5 during that stanza to build a comfortable 57-23 advantage.
It was more of the same in the fourth frame, as the Lady Knights topped Valley Forge 15-4 to put an exclamation point on their runaway victory.
Two players reached double digits for Nordonia. They were Merritt with 13 points and Mitchell with 11 markers.
In addition, Ciocca tallied nine points; Shine and Richards both posted six points; and junior guard Kayla Mislosky, Karalic and Harter produced four points each.
Three Lady Knights scored three points apiece: sophomore forward Raquel Pintz, Carpenter and Stroe. Three Nordonia players also accounted for two points. They were Simon, Woodall and sophomore guard Kayla Shine.
Sandra Zlojutro led Valley Forge with 12 points. With the loss, the Lady Patriots fell to 1-2 on the season.
Nordonia starts play in the Suburban League this week.
The Lady Knights will host Copley Dec. 5 before traveling to Cloverleaf on Dec. 8.