Saints split with HRA

Published 10:53 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Morgan Lokie guards a Hampton Roads Academy player at a home game on Tuesday. The Lady Saints won their game 48-34. The boys’ team lost 68-35.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s basketball teams once again split games at home with an opponent on Tuesday, with its girls putting up a win against Hampton Roads Academy and its boys’ team failing to hold back the visiting Navigators.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Harper Birdsong puts up a shot against the Hampton Roads Academy on Tuesday. Birdsong contributed 11 points to the Lady Saints’ win.

The girls’ team won 48-34, completing a sweep of the Navigators this season and improving their overall record to 17-6 and 5-3 within the conference.

Senior Sarah Baldwin led the Saints, recording a double double by scoring 13 points and hauling in 11 rebounds.  Harper Birdsong added 11 points, and Macy Mears chipped in 10.

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In the boys’ game that followed, things looked bad early on, as the Navigators jumped out to a first-quarter lead of 25-9, which they extended to 47-20 by the end of the second quarter. The Saints held things in check during the third quarter, actually outscoring the visitors 9-8 in that period, but it wasn’t enough to get them back in the game. The boys lost 68-35.

Breon Willie put up 10 points for the NSA cause, and Brandon Addison and Jared Morse added seven apiece.

But poor shooting hurt the Saints, who made only 36 percent of their two-point shots and a distressing 5 percent of the 17 three-pointers they put into the air.

NSA had six steals and 25 rebounds, led by Willie, Morse and Steven Minter, who pulled four each off the boards. But 14 team turnovers cost the Saints a lot of momentum.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams will play again tonight at home against Norfolk Christian. The girls’ game is at 5:30 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.