Lead doesn't stick for NOVA

Taylor Lynch scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds
Taylor Lynch scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds

ANNANDALE – Natasha Porter scored a game-high 27 points, but the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team could not hold a double-digit lead and dropped a 71-68 decision to Potomac State Monday evening inside Ernst Gymnasium.

The Nighthawks fall to 10-13 on the year and are back on the court Wednesday when Cecil comes to town for a 5 p.m. tip.

PSC opened the game with a 5-0 lead, but NOVA was quickly able to erase the deficit and hopped on top 15-5 following a Jalita Montgomery three-point bucket.

After the teams traded baskets, the Nighthawks were able to build their advantage up to 17 with 2:34 left in the second period. NOVA, however, went cold and the Catamounts cut the NOVA lead down to 10 at the break.

Following intermission, the Nighthawks built their advantage to 16 a pair of times after a Porter and Montgomery bucket. After a Porter three to give NOVA a 51-35 lead, PSC responded with a 12-2 swing that saw NOVA's advantage drop to six late in the third quarter.

At the end of the third period, Dima Kassem dropped in a layup to push the Nighthawks lead to eight. Then seconds into the final quarter, Porter scored on a jumper to give the Nighthawks another double-digit cushion.

NOVA was not able to add to the lead and the Catamounts answered with an 11-0 run that gave them a 60-59 margin.

The teams once again traded buckets, and with two minutes left Taylor Lynch scored down low to give NOVA a 65-64 lead.

On the next trip down the floor, PSC drained a three, and then Montgomery was able to tie the game once again on her bucket down low.

Then with 49 seconds left, the Catamounts scored what would prove to be the game-winning points on a layup.

The Nighthawks had one last chance to send the game into overtime, but Lynch's three-point attempt hit the front of the rim and fell out of bounds as the clock hit zero.