TURNOVERS PLAGUE CRUSADERS IN SEASON OPENER
Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Women’s basketball team stumbled in its first game of the season losing to Augusta State 78-63 on Saturday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders were plagued by 36 turnovers that translated into 29 Jaguar points. The Jaguars also had the advantage in the paint out scoring NGU 30-20. The Crusaders started slow and quickly fell into an 8-2 hole But the underclassmen laiden Crusaders got their selves back into the game when Tyler Powers hit her first three pointer of her career, to pull NGU to within 3 (8-5).
Powers’ three opened an 9-0 run which gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game at 14-8. The Crusaders clung to a small lead for the majority of the first period. The jaguars stayed close, and with 4 minutes left, went on a run of their own. Augusta State outscored the Crusaders 17-8 in the final four minutes to gain a 9 point advantage as the two teams headed to the locker rooms for intermission.
Augusta State grabbed the first double digit lead of the game early in the second half when the Jaguars went up by 11 (41-30) with 18:55 left in the game. The Crusaders gained some momentum halfway through the period however. An Aliyah Stokes three-pointer and foul cut the Jags lead to eight. Senior Krisceda Cotton then hit two free throws to pull NGU to within 6.
The Jaguars were able to maintain their slim margin for most of the second half. The Crusaders put one more run together in the second half, to pull to within just three of ASU. The Crusaders scored 7 unanswered points capped by Timisty Nelson’s jumper which cut the Jaguar lead to three, its smallest since NGU overtook the Jags in the first half. The NGU run cut the ASU lead to 63-60 with 5:58 left in the game.
The Crusaders were led in the scoring column by Alisha Hope who scored 16 points for NGU. Krisceda Cotton and Timisty Nelson were also in double digit figures for NGU with 10 points each. Freshmen Tyler Powers set a career best with 9 points and was 2-5 from behind the three point arch. Krisceda Cotton also let the Crusaders with 9 boards. As a team the Crusaders gathered 40 total rebounds but shot just 38.2 percent from the field. The Jaguars out rebounded NGU by just 4 and shot 42.9 percent from the field.
ASU would respond to NGU’s run with a 12-3 run which extended the lead to 78-63 with 48 seconds left in the game en route to the 15 point win over the Crusaders. The Crusaders dropped to 0-1 on the very young season with another home game four days away when the Crusaders host Mars Hill College on November 14th at 6pm.