ANNANDALE – Jalita Montgomery scored a team-high 19 points, but a frigid start put the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team in a hole it could not climb out of, as Onondaga grabbed the 89-44 victory Tuesday afternoon inside Ernst Gymnasium.
The Nighthawks fall to 5-8 on the season and return to the floor Monday, Jan. 22 against Beltway rival Prince George's at 5 p.m.
NOVA found itself down eight just over two minutes into the game, but got within five moments later following a Montgomery bunny. The Lazers, however, stopped the Nighthawks momentum and went up by nine following a free throw.
Natasha Porter got the deficit down to seven after a layup of her own, but OCC answered back with an 8-0 run to go up 22-8.
Midway through the second quarter, NOVA found some offense as they outscored the Lazers 10-9 and were down just by a baker's dozen (31-18). That would be as close as the Nighthawks got as OCC finished the half on a 14-2 run.
In second half action, Lana Zjajo found her shot, as she saw action for the first time since Nov. 12 at Montgomery. The Arlington, native put in 12 points, which was the fourth time this season she scored in double figures.