it's been a rough couple of weeks for the Nordonia High School girls basketball team.

After starting the season by winning three of their first four games, the Lady Knights have now lost four consecutive contests.

The Lady Knights hosted conference counterpart Highland Dec. 19. The Lady Hornets handed Nordonia a 60-44 defeat.

With the loss, the Lady Knights' overall record on the campaign slid to 3-5. They're also 1-4 in the Suburban League.

Nordonia has made a habit of falling behind early in ballgames recently, and the Lady Knights continued that trend against Highland.

The Lady Hornets quickly built a 16-4 lead by the end of the opening quarter. However, to Nordonia's credit, the Lady Knights fought back, outscoring Highland by a wide 19-9 margin during the second period.

As a result, the Lady Hornets only held a 25-23 edge at intermission.

Highland made adjustments at halftime, though, and those adjustments helped the Lady Hornets embark upon a 14-6 run during the third stanza. That run propelled them to a 39-29 lead at the outset of the fourth frame.

Highland then put the proverbial victory icing on its cake, outscoring Nordonia 21-15 in the final quarter, erasing any hopes of a comeback by the Lady Knights.

One player reached double digits in scoring for Nordonia. That player was sophomore guard Meghan Reilly with 10 points.

In addition, freshman guard Katie Karalic tallied six points, senior guard Aysa Shine and sophomore center Hannah Stroe both produced five points and sophomore guard Brandy Merrit and senior forward Allyson Carpenter contributed four points apiece.

The Lady Knights were set to face Kent Roosevelt Dec. 22, but results were not available at press time.

On Dec. 27, Nordonia will host Chardon. On Jan. 3, Nordonia will welcome Cuyahoga Falls to town.