LARGO, Md. – For the eighth time this season, Jalita Montgomery surpassed the 20 point plateau, but the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team could not overcome a tough third quarter as the Nighthawks were defeated by Prince George's 70-65 Wednesday evening.
NOVA falls to 5-13 and returns to action this weekend when it travels to the coast to take on Thomas Nelson Saturday and Bryant & Stratton Sunday.
It was the Caitlyn Riley show early in the game as the sophomore scored NOVA's first seven points of the game. Sheila Sherrill then made it 11-0 when scored down low, which was two of her 14 points on the night.
The Nighthawks kept their lead over 10 through much of the first quarter and went up by as much as 12 in the second period. A pair of Montgomery free throws near intermission gave NOVA a 38-27 lead the break.
Starting the second half Montgomery continued her hot shooting when she hit from outside to make it 41-27. However, nine Nighthawk turnovers led to an 18-4 Owls run, which gave PGCC a 47-45 lead.
Early in the fourth, the Owls went up by 10, but a Sherrill bunny moments later cut the PGCC lead down to 58-54. The Nighthawks, however, were not able to continue the momentum despite a late three by Riley.