In the Nordonia girls basketball team’s Suburban League National Conference opener Saturday at home against Wadsworth, the Knights trailed 17-9 after the first quarter, then spent the rest of the game chipping away at the Grizzlies’ lead but could not get into striking range.
Nordonia lost 62-47 and is 0-3 on the young season.
"In the first quarter, Wadsworth got a ton of points in transition that we just weren’t getting back to stop," said Knights head coach Julie Buckler. "We gave up a lot of outside shooting in the second half.
"Wadsworth is a very fundamental team, and they do everything with the maximum effort."
Nordonia was down 28-19 at halftime and 44-33 after three quarters.
Leading the way for Nordonia was sophomore guard Hallie Majoros, who scored 14 points, including two three-pointers.
"In the first half, I think Hallie did a great job attacking Wadsworth’s defense right to the core, right to the middle, and it created offense for us," said Buckler.
Sophomore guard/forward Madison Cluse scored 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
"Maddie is in a rough spot this year," Buckler said. "She’s had to step up quite a bit. She’ll handle the ball, she plays inside for us and she can dominate the boards."
Also contributing were guards Sion Williams and Eden Kereky. Williams, a senior, scored seven points, and Kereky, a junior, had four points.
"Sion did a great job attacking to create open looks," said the coach. "When we get into that type of game, we’re very successful.
"Eden comes in off the bench for us, and she just brought a ton of energy to our team. It sparked our defense, which then transitioned into us scoring some points, especially in the second half."
Buckler said there are three freshmen who are getting solid minutes.
"There’s a learning curve jumping from middle school basketball to high school basketball right away," she said. "They’re kind of getting thrown to the wolves.
"It’s little things we’re learning. As I told them, I’m excited [about] what’s to become of this team because, once we do start putting all the pieces together, I think we’re going to be in great position."
Nordonia is scheduled to play at National Conference rival Hudson Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Knights are set to host conference foe Stow-Munroe Falls Saturday at 2:30 p.m.