Mount Olive, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team recovered from an early week loss Saturday afternoon, fighting past Mount Olive for a 66-62 comeback win over the Trojans in Conference Carolinas action.
The Crusaders trailed by 14 points in the second half, but the Crusaders took advantage of 12, second half turnovers and cold shooting from the Trojans, battling back to take a 57-56 lead with 5:37 left in the game. The Crusaders held a slim 2-point margin for the final minute, but two clutch free throws from Krisceda Cotton gave the Crusaders a two possession lead and a 9th conference win.
Offensively, the Crusaders were led by Courtney Friddle. The Trojans seemingly had no answers defensively for Friddle who accounted for 16 of NGU’s 66 points. Krisceda Cotton was also a threat on offense for the Crusaders scoring 12 points, while also collecting 16 rebounds for a double-double. Karly Stache rattled in 8 points for NGU.
“Very proud of the girls. We started slow, but we got the pressure defense going, which caused mistakes, and that got us going offensively,” remarked Jayne Arledge after her teams key conference victory. “It was a great win for us, and a good team win. Everyone played and everyone did something to help us win on the road, and we’ll take a road win however we can get one!”
The Crusaders improved to 14-5 on the season after Saturday’s win, and 9-2 in conference play. A February 2nd matchup with King College in Bristol, Tennessee is up next for the Crusaders before returning home for a three game stand. The Crusaders and Tornado will tip off at 5:30 pm.