Mars Hill, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell to 6-3 on the season Tuesday night, falling prey to the Lions of Mars Hill College 94-91 in double overtime, wrapping up the 2011 portion of the schedule.
The Crusaders fell short despite three players scoring 20 points. Krisceda Cotton led all scorers with 26 points, while Karly Stache put on her best performance of the season with 23 points while going 7-12 from the three point arch. Christina Carlis added 20 points. Krisceda Cotton paired her 26 points with a career high 20 rebounds to secure her third straight double-double.
North Greenville took an early lead but Mars Hill quickly gained control. The Lions led by as many as 18 points in the first period. The Lions led by 14 at intermission.
In the second half, the Crusader began chipping away at the Mars Hill lead. The Crusaders evened the tally at 63 with 3:47 left in the contest and took their first lead since the opening tip with 65-64 with 1:59. North Greenville took a three point lead, but Mars Hill quickly responded and with 12 seconds left, took a 2 point lead, but Christina Carlis, took the in-bound pass, and quickly drove the basket dishing off to Alisha Hope who calmly put in the game tying layup.
The Crusaders took an early lead in the first OT, but an NGU foul put Mars Hill at the free throw line with just 2 seconds for a chance to win the game. The Lion’s missed the front half of a two shot foul to tie the game at 79 and a heave from half court fell short for NGU, sending the game into a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Mars Hill took a quick 81-79 lead before Karly Stache put NGU up 1 with a three pointer. The Lions regained and raced out to an 8 point lead, taking advantage of missed NGU scoring opportunities and a Crusader turnover.
The Crusaders hit two three pointers down the stretch, but the Crusaders ran out of time, falling to the lions. The Crusaders are now officially on Christmas break and will open up the 2012 portion of the season with a home game against conference foe King College on January 3rd.