Lady Saints come up short

Published 10:23 pm Friday, January 30, 2015

The second game against Norfolk Christian School this season for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s girls’ basketball team ended poorly for the Lady Saints on Thursday night.

NSA juniors Harper Birdsong and Caroline Hogg spurred a rally in the last couple of minutes of regulation, but the host Lady Ambassadors got the one point they needed to win, 50-49.

Birdsong had a great night despite the loss, recording a game-high 28 points, shooting 53 percent from the field (10-for-19), including 60 percent from three-point range (3-for-5).

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NSA coach Kim Aston said it was not Hogg’s best game, though she was a key contributor with 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.

Sophomore guard Lindsay Knierbein also drew praise from Aston for quality play in 21 minutes of court time. Knierbein finished with five points and seven boards.

The Lady Saints struggled with turnovers, committing at least 25 for the game.

It was the first loss of the season on the conference record for Nansemond-Suffolk (14-3, 4-1), which hosts conference foe Norfolk Academy on Tuesday.