ANNANDALE – Taylor Lynch and Bilan Hajinur combined to grab 22 rebounds for the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team, but a big first and third period helped Frederick top the Nighthawks 78-64 Tuesday evening inside Ernst Gymnasium.
NOVA falls to 10-15 on the year and it wraps up the regular season Thursday at home against CCBC Catonsville at 5 p.m.
Sophia McCall gave the Nighthawks a 6-4 lead in the early goings, but FCC hit a pair of buckets to take an 8-4 advantage. Hajinur then tied the game up at eight apiece, which would be the last tie of the ballgame.
The Cougars responded with a 17-4 run, which gave them a 25-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
During the second period of action, FCC went up by as much as 14 twice, but the Nighthawks stepped up and held the Cougars scoreless for the final five minutes. During those final five minutes, NOVA's offense took advantage of the opportunity and got within seven (37-30) at halftime.
After intermission the Nighthawks kept it close, as Lynch hit a pair of free throws to bring the score to 49-41. The Cougars, however would use a 13-6 swing to go up by 15 at the end of the stanza.
Midway through the fourth quarter, FCC continued its hot shooting and went up by 25. The Nighthawks continued pound the ball, but could only get the Cougar lead down to 14, as Natasha Porter sank a jumper with a minute left to bring the score to 78-64.