Freshman guard Karly Stache (Louisville, TN) continued her blazing shooting streak by scoring 21 points on five three-pointers, and senior guard Bridgett Smith had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the North Greenville women (12-12) to an 81-77 victory over King College (7-15) at Hayes Gym in Tigerville.
NGU had one of its best 20 minutes of the season by shooting 19-32 for 57.1% in the first 20 minutes as the Crusaders took a 46-37 halftime lead. Stache had 11 first half points and Christina Carlis and Mindy Greenstone came off the bench to score eight points for NGU.
Coach Jayne Arledge’s team won its second straight game, but the Tornados made it interesting at the end. North Greenville had a comfortable 80-67 lead with 3:56 left after a Stache three-pointer. The Crusaders would score only one more point the rest of the game as King made a furious run. NGU missed the front end of three one and one’s in the final minute and the Tornados cut the lead to 80-77 with 11 seconds left. Anisha Buchanan, who had 20 points for King, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have made it even closer than the score indicated. Ashley Dean led King with 24 points.
Smith came preciously close to the season’s first triple double for NGU. She also had seven assists for the Crusaders. Carlis finished with 12 points and Greenstone 10 for NGU. The Crusaders finished the game shooting 54% (34-63), one of their best shooting efforts of the year.
NGU will seek to avenge a home loss to Brevard Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Brevard, NC at 6:00 p.m. The Crusaders’ next home game is Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. against Knoxville College.