Tough second quarter does Nighthawks in

Tough second quarter does Nighthawks in

ANNANDALE – Natasha Porter had her third 20-point scoring night of the season, but the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team was outscored in the second quarter 38-7 in Thursday's 74-59 loss to Hagerstown.

The Nighthawks are off for a week before returning to the court Thursday, Dec. 13 in an exhibition game against Basketball Victoria (Australia) inside Ernst Gymnasium.

Mia Buchanon, who finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds gave NOVA a 10-point lead early in the first quarter when she drained a three. The Nighthawks were able to maintain a lead throughout the first period, and went back over double digits on a Nahdeyah Quarles jumper late.

The Hawks got their deficit down to seven a pair of times, but near the end of the period Porter hit from deep to make it 22-12 after one quarter.

The hot start however could not last as NOVA began the second quarter scoreless for the first three and a half minutes before Buchanon ended the drought on another three.

Between Porter and Buchanon's three's, Hagerstown cut into the NOVA's lead and was down 25-24 early in the second period.

The Nighthawks went cold again and did not score for over four minutes, and in that time the Hawks build a 14-point lead. By the end of the half, the Hawks went into the locker room up 50-29.

During second half action, the Nighthawks battled back and were within 14 with 7:44 left in the third quarter. However, NOVA could not come any closer, as the Nighthawks outscored Hagerstown just 17-14.

To wrap up the game, NOVA's defense held the Hawks to 26 percent from the floor in the final quarter and 0-for-3 from outside. The Nighthawks were led by Porter, who scored nine of 21 points in the last 10 minutes of play.