The Nordonia High School girls basketball team split a pair of games recently, as the Lady Knights hope to build some momentum for the second half of the 2012-13 season.
Nordonia defeated non-conference opponent Cuyahoga Falls by the score of 47-36 at home Jan. 3.
Scoring in double digits for the Lady Knights were junior forward Morgan Mitchell and senior guard Nataly Ciocca. Mitchell led the way with 15 points, while Ciocca added 10 markers.
"[Junior guard] Kayla Mislosky had a great game, as well," said Nordonia head coach Mike Griffen. "She scored four points, and she really gave us a surge defensively in the second half. [Sophomore center] Hannah Stroe also had four points, and she did a great job on the boards with seven rebounds."
Nordonia started the game slowly on the offensive end of the court, in part because the Lady Black Tigers were able to effectively utilize a 2-3 zone defense against the Lady Knights.
"We made some adjustments and picked up our own defensive pressure in the second half," said Griffen. "We outscored them 16-2 in the third quarter. That helped us generate some momentum and put the game away."
On Saturday, Jan. 5, Nordonia clashed with Suburban League foe Revere on the road. The Minutemen downed the Lady Knights by a wide 68-39 margin.
"Revere has a good team," said Griffen. "We struggled against their point guard, Cameron Brown. She's one of the best players I've seen all season."
Brown scored a game-high 21 points to pace Revere.
Sophomore guard Brandy Merrit was the leading scorer for Nordonia with nine points. In addition, Ciocca scored seven points and Mitchell and sophomore guard Meghan Reilly both contributed five markers.
Mitchell also pulled down six rebounds.
Despite the loss, Griffen was satisfied with the Lady Knights' effort against Revere.
"The girls played their best," he said. "It's tough for any coach to lose a game by 27 points, but I was proud of the kids' effort. They never quit, and I've been impressed by that this season."
With the split of ballgames, Nordonia's overall record on the campaign is now 4-8. The Lady Knights are also 1-5 in Suburban League action.
"We're definitely looking to improve in the second half of the season," said Griffen. "We have a tough test ahead, but we're working hard to get better."
On Jan. 9, Nordonia is scheduled to battle non-league foe Willoughby South on the road.
On Jan. 12, the Lady Knights will welcome conference counterpart Green to town.