ANNANDALE – The Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team rallied early, but an ice cold fourth quarter haunted the Nighthawks, as they fell 53-49 to Chesapeake Thursday evening inside Ernst Gymnasium.
NOVA falls to 4-7 this season and returns to its home court Friday, Dec. 15 against Thomas Nelson.
To start the game, the Skipjacks came out shooting a red-hot 41 percent from the field, while the Nighthawks struggled to get going and trailed by six. Chesapeake took the lead in part from its 3-for-8 shooting from outside.
The Nighthawks defense turned up the heat during second period action, as the group held the Skipjacks to just a pair of field goals all from inside the three-point line. NOVA also pulled down 12 defensive boards as Taylor Lynch led the Nighthawks with three rebounds.
After intermission both squads swapped the lead and neither team could get a lead larger than three. The Nighthawks had the largest lead of the third quarter with a few seconds remaining after Jalita Montgomery buried two of her game-high 26 points on a deep jumper.
Bilan Hajinur scored a bucket in the first minute of the final quarter to give the Nighthawks a two-point advantage. The Skipjacks, however, tied the game for the 13th time with 5:48 left, and then Natasha Porter answered back when she drained a three to put NOVA on top 47-44.
Then with under three minutes to go Chesapeake began its momentum shifting and game-clinching 9-2 run.