The start of the 2012-13 basketball season has proven to be a rocky road for the Cuyahoga Falls girls basketball team.
But things are improving, as the Black Tigers improved to 2-8 defeating Akron East Dec. 29 43-31 in the Tigers' Den.
Head coach Joe Nowak likes the progress he sees.
"The hard work is starting to pay off and the girls can see the results. They are starting to learn how to close out games, which hurt them earlier this year," Nowak said. "The last couple of games the defense have been the catalyst for the offense. Our defense is what triggers our offense. We have to create turnovers for us to get good opportunities."
The Black Tigers' offense was led by Mary Messner with 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Rosie Townsend had a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine Eaker had eight points, four rebounds and three blocked shots. Alyssa Mondl had five points, three assists and three steals.
Katie Peters finished with four points, Zoey Bosley had two points and Savannah Selden added a free throw.
The Black Tigers opened 2013 with games at Nordonia Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 at NOC Lake Division foe Parma, but results were not available at press time.
Falls returns to action Jan. 12 at Elyria at 2 p.m.