Lady Saints chop down Oaks

Published 9:28 pm Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy girls’ basketball team had little difficulty against a young Norfolk Collegiate School squad on Tuesday, walking away with a 66-26 home conference victory.

“I felt like we were able to play well in spurts,” NSA coach Kim Aston said. “Hopefully we can get to where we can sustain it.”

The Lady Saints started out fast and exited the first quarter with a 21-6 lead.

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“I think we came out, and we just utilized Caroline (Hogg) right off the bat,” Aston said.

At 6 feet 4 inches, the junior center was taller than anybody Norfolk Collegiate had. She finished the contest with a game-high 25 points to go with 13 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass.

“We came out pressing, we created some turnovers right off the bat, as well,” Aston said.

When the Lady Saints had the ball, they had a goal of limiting their own turnovers to 14 or less.

“We made that goal,” Aston said.

Nansemond-Suffolk ended up with 13 turnovers, and a lot of those happened toward the end of the game, when Aston had taken out her most experienced players.

“Harper (Birdsong) shot the ball well in the first half,” the coach said, as the junior point guard ended up with 17 points, five assists and five steals.

Sophomore guard Lindsay Knierbein continued her habit of making positive things happen when she is on the floor and produced eight points, two steals and two assists.

“Logan (Harrell) had some valuable minutes handling the basketball,” Aston said, noting the sophomore guard provided some on-court stability.

The coach was also happy to see freshman guard Sasha Roberts get some minutes and knock down a shot.

Nansemond-Suffolk (11-2, 2-0) visits Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School tonight.