The Nordonia High School girls basketball team continued its solid play last week by posting a three-point victory over Suburban League foe Cloverleaf Jan. 23.
The Lady Knights edged the visiting Lady Colts by the score of 47-44.
However, Nordonia then ran into league buzzsaw Wadsworth Jan. 26. The visiting Lady Grizzlies, one of the best teams in the area, handed the Lady Knights a 75-42 setback.
With that split of contests, Nordonia's overall record now stands at 7-11. The Lady Knights also sport a mark of 3-7 in league action.
Senior guard Aysa Shine helped propel Nordonia to victory against Cloverleaf, knocking down several important free throws during crunch time.
"She was 6-of-6 at the foul line down the stretch to ice the game," said Nordonia head coach Mike Griffen. "She was calm and confident and hit big free throws in the clutch."
Shine finished with 10 points and three assists, while sophomore guard Meghan Reilly led the Lady Knights in scoring with 12 points.
In addition, sophomore center Hannah Stroe tallied eight points and senior guard Nataly Ciocca and junior forward Morgan Mitchell contributed six points apiece. Mitchell also grabbed eight rebounds, and Ciocca dished out a pair of assists.
Other major contributors for Nordonia were sophomore guard Brandy Merritt (two points), freshman guard Katie Karalic (two points) and junior forward Brook Harter (one point, six rebounds).
"It was a solid win for us," said Griffen. "It was good for us to come back and get a little revenge against Cloverleaf, since they beat us the first time around [earlier in the season]. Karalic was huge on the defensive end, and Mitchell and Harter did a great job on the boards."
Against Wadsworth, Nordonia hung with the Lady Grizzlies early in the ballgame, but couldn't keep up the pace.
"It was a tough game for us, but Wadsworth is a very good team," said Griffen. "The girls played hard."
Reilly was the only Nordonia player to reach double figures, scoring 15 points, while Ciocca accounted for six markers.
Three Lady Knights tallied four points each--Merritt, Mitchell and Stroe. Senior forward Brandy Richards added three points to Nordonia's cause.
Three Lady Knights contributed two points apiece. They were freshman guard Holly Groff, Aysa Shine and Karalic. Sophomore guard Kayla Shine rounded out the team's scoring with one point.
In the rebounding department, Stroe and Mitchell both led the way with six boards. Aysa Shine and Merritt each recorded three assists.
Nordonia will host league rival Tallmadge Jan. 31
On Feb. 2, the Lady Knights will travel to conference foe Highland.
"We're getting better and better every day," said Griffen. "We should be competitive against the teams we're playing this week."
The Division I district tournament draw will be held Feb. 3 at Akron Ellet High School.
"It's a tough district," said Griffen. "It has Twinsburg, Hudson, Stow, Kenmore and some good teams from Youngstown. Hopefully, we'll get a good draw and be able to win a few games in the tournament."