In a classic tale of two very different halves, the North Greenville (11-12) women made a massive comeback from 18 points down with 15 minutes left, to out race Morris College 89-76 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Hayes Gym.
Junior guard Nikki Wood (Spartanburg/Dorman HS) scored 24 points, including nine points in the overtime period, to pace the Crusaders to an emotional win that made up for a 80-67 loss at Sumter earlier in the season. A trio of freshmen guards backed Woods’ strong effort. Karly Stache had another big night with 19 points, Christina Carlis added 11 and Erin Gray had a super afternoon off the bench with 10 points.
The first part of the tale begins with Morris (8-13) exploding to a 46-29 halftime lead. However, NGU out-scored them 44-27 in the second 20 minutes to emerge with a tie at 73-73 when regulation expired. NGU trailed by 17 with 13:12 left, but went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to five. Morris pushed its lead back to nine points, 64-55 with 6:16 remaining, but NGU made another run and the teams were tied 73-73 with 1:52 left. No one scored in that time and Carlis’ layup at the buzzer missed which forced the overtime.
Woods sealed the second half explosion by North Greenville by scoring nine in the extra period, including seven free throws and a layup. NGU’s fierce defense limited Morris to three points in the overtime period, and they could score only 10 points in the final 8:18 of the game, which included the OT.
Coach Jayne Arledge’s team will be at home once again Monday, Feb. 9 when they host King College at 5:30 p.m. at Hayes Gymnasium.