Tigerville, S.C.—The Lady Crusader basketball team took on local rival Southern Wesleyan University Thursday night in Hayes Gymnasium. NGU defeated the more physical SWU team 82-75 in the fast pace 40 minute battle.
The Warriors of Southern Wesleyan jumped out to a three point lead three minutes into the game, the only time the Crusaders would trail during the matchup. NGU took the lead 9-7 with 15:44 left in the first half. SWU tied the game at nine at the 15:10 mark before North Greenville tried to pull away. The lead stayed at single digits until the Lady Crusaders went up by 10 with 3:04 left in the opening period.
The Warriors battled back to cut the lead to six by halftime. NGU opened the second half on a 7-0 run building a 13 point lead, the Crusader’s biggest lead of the game. North Greenville held a double digit lead until SWU hit a three pointer with 7:29 left to cut the NGU lead to 8. Southern Wesleyan cut the lead to 4 with 4:48 left but North Greenville never faltered hitting key shots down the stretch to come away with the win.
The Lady Crusaders were lead by sophomore guard Karly Stache who lead all scorers with 29 points. Stache shot an impressive 63.6% going 7 of 11 from the three point line. Whitney Smith also scored in double digits with 10 points and led the team with 7 rebounds. Jacquetta Golden scored 9 points for NGU.
“It was a great win for our confidence,” said head coach Jayne Arledge, “We made a lot of adjustments in the second half and the girls played well. The game got testy at times and we were able to keep our heads.” The Lady Crusaders will play again Saturday afternoon at home with a 2 o’clock tipoff.