CRUSADERS ”GIFT” THEMSELVES A WIN TO CLOSE OUT 2012
Central, S.C.—Five players scored in double figures while collecting 49 rebounds as a team as the Crusaders out dueled the Southern Wesleyan Warriors 86-66 to wrap up the 2012 portion of their schedule.
Tyler Powers led North Greenville with 18 points as she went 6-11 from behind the three point arch. Timisty Nelson added 15 points and a game leading 13 rebounds for a double while Tierra Richberg, Alisha Hope, and Asleigh Edwards all added 12 points to the total.
The two squads remained close for much of the game. The Warriors held the advantage for much of the first period, but a 13-4 run to close the half gave the Crusaders a 39-30 lead as the two teams headed into intermission. Southern Wesleyan stayed within striking distance of NGU, and trailed by just nine 14:42 left in the game.
The Crusaders however, remained defiant of the Warrior comeback attempts and extended their lead to 60-46 with 12:10 left in the game. The Crusaders scored 13 points in two quick minutes to gain the comfortable 14 point upper hand. NGU would only multiply its lead as the Crusaders cruised to the 20 win, the second of the season for North Greenville.
“We obviously loved winning the last game before the break, it was our gift to ourselves,” remarked head coach Jayne Arledge after the win. “The press really helped us tonight. It caused a lot of confusion and forced turnovers and helped us grab a pretty big lead, as well as our depth. We ran them pretty good, and they got tired, and didn’t have the personnel to keep up. But obviously it was a good win and we hope to continue the streak after we get back from break.”
NGU’s defense forced 28 turnovers on Thursday night while holding Southern Wesleyan to just 42.6 percent shooting from the floor, 12 points under the Warriors’ season total. NGU turned the ball over 22 times but shot at a 45.8 clip, earning them the victory.
The win over the Warriors improved NGU’s record to 2-5 on the season with the Christmas break upcoming. The Crusaders will return to the court on January 5th when they take on Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina in the first Conference Carolinas game of the New Year.