Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s girls’ basketball team rebounded from having its 10-game winning streak snapped on Friday by defeating host Norfolk Academy 43-39 on Tuesday.
“We came out and we jumped on them pretty quickly,” Lady Saints coach Kim Aston said of the Lady Bulldogs. She estimated her team got an 11-3 lead when the Lady Bulldogs called a timeout. “And then after that point, we did not rebound the ball well, and when we don’t rebound, then we can’t run the fast break,” Aston said. Things continued to unravel from there, she said, adding that though NSA was playing good defense, its failure to secure defensive rebounds allowed Norfolk Academy to get some easy put backs.
The Lady Saints led 19-11 after the first quarter, but then they lost the second quarter 8-7 and the third quarter 9-6, cutting their lead to 32-28 entering the final period. When Nansemond-Suffolk was on offense, the Lady Bulldogs “were playing some junk defense on Harper (Birdsong) and trying to pressure Harper up and down the floor,” Aston said, referencing her senior point guard. “When were able to get the ball to Caroline (Hogg), we were able to score.”
Hogg, a 6-foot-4-inch senior center, shot the ball well from the floor but got in foul trouble, forcing her to sit out half of the third quarter and half of the fourth. With about two and a half minutes left in the game, Norfolk Academy had cut the Lady Saints’ lead to two, and Aston called a timeout. Then she drew up a play that got the ball to Hogg, and her team ran it three consecutive times, seeing some good results.
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