Struggles on the offensive end of the floor translated into a loss against non-conference opponent Willougby South last week.

The Lady Knights only reached double digits in one of the game's quarters. As a result, they suffered a 44-39 defeat at the hands of the Lady Rebels.

With the loss, Nordonia's overall record on the season slipped to 4-9. The Lady Knights' ledger in the Suburban League remained 1-5.

Willoughby South held a slim 10-9 lead after one period of play. Both teams scored seven points in the second stanza, meaning that the Lady Rebels still held a one-point advantage at intermission.

The third quarter turned out to be the pivotal one in the contest. That's because Willoughby South topped Nordonia by a 13-8 margin.

Consequently, the Lady Rebels led 30-24 heading into the final stanza.

The Lady Knights made a push in the fourth quarter, putting 15 points on the scoreboard. However, Willoughby South was up to the challenge.

The Lady Rebels (4-10) scored 14 points during the final period to hold onto the lead and preserve the victory.

No Nordonia player reached double digits in scoring. Freshman guard Katie Karalic was closest with nine points, while sophomore center Hannah Stroe tallied seven points and sophomore guard Meghan Reilly and senior guard Nataly Ciocca both contributed six markers.

Scoring four points each for the Lady Knights were Kayla Mislosky and sophomore guard Brandy Merrit. Rounding out the scoring for Nordonia were junior forward Morgan Mitchell (two points) and senior guard Aysa Shine (one point).

Kayla Zarbock led Willoughby South with 12 points. Kelsey Fiorello was also in double figures with 11 points.

On Jan. 16, Nordonia will host non-league opponent Garfield Heights. On Jan. 19, the Lady Knights will visit league foe Copley.


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