A cold-shooting second quarter was the difference as the Cuyahoga Falls girls basketball team lost 49-41 to Uniontown Lake Saturday at home.
The victory was Lake’s second straight over Cuyahoga Falls. The Black Tigers last beat the Blue Streaks in 2017, winning that meeting 55-45.
Cuyahoga Falls fell to 6-3 for the season.
The Black Tigers led 15-14 after one quarter but got outscored 14-0 in the second quarter, resulting in a 28-15 halftime deficit. They were down 36-28 after three quarters before making a run and pulling within four points in the fourth quarter.
"The past two games, the second quarter was a big struggle for us," Cuyahoga Falls head coach Joe Nowak said. "We had good looks at the basket. Shots just didn’t fall. You then throw in just a couple breakdowns defensively, and we were fighting an uphill battle the last couple of games.
"Obviously, going scoreless for a quarter is going to put you in a really tough spot trying to come back. I loved the fight we showed in the second half, but we have to find a way to be more consistent on both ends of the floor for four quarters. That consistency hasn’t been there in the last couple of games for us."
For the second straight game, Cuyahoga Falls struggled to find its shooting touch from long range. The Black Tigers went 3-for-21 from three-point range against Lake, with that effort coming a game after they went 7-for-24 from beyond the arc in a 58-51 loss to visiting Revere on Dec. 18.
Leading the way for Cuyahoga Falls in the win over the Blue Streaks was senior guard/forward Chelsea Huffman, who scored 23 points and had seven rebounds and three steals.
Senior guard/forward Raygan Corrigall scored eight points, while junior forward Emma Brustoski had four points and four steals. With two points apiece were senior forward Olivia Lemmon, sophomore guard Jenna Roberts and freshman forward Mackenzie Kramer
"Everybody in the second half helped get us back in the game," Nowak said. "Chelsea, Emma, Jenna and Laila Smith, a sophomore guard, created a lot of opportunities for turnovers. Raygan and Mackenzie made plays off the ball that led to additional scoring chances, and I thought Abby Englehart, a senior forward, and Olivia protected the basket well on the defensive end.
"Our bench also had great energy, and I think that helped keep up the frenetic pace of the second half."
Nowak sees good things ahead for his team.
"I know we’ll bounce back," he said. "We have a resilient group that knows what it takes to do well."
After the Christmas break, Cuyahoga Falls is scheduled to play at Bay Village Bay Saturday at 2 p.m.
Following the New Year, the Black Tigers are set to host Suburban League National Conference rival Nordonia Jan. 4 at 2:30 p.m.