FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORERS NOT ENOUGH AS COKER DOWNS CRUSADERS
Hartsville, S.C.—A Coker Cobra three pointer with :15 seconds left in regulation, lifted the Cobras to a 80-78 win over the Crusaders on Saturday, dropping North Greenville to 2-6 on the season, and 0-4 in Conference Carolinas play.
The Crusaders trailed by as many as 13 points during the conference matchup, but a stingy defense stifled the Cobras forcing 28 turnovers. The Crusaders trailed by 13 heading into intermission, but began to claw back into the game in the second half, and with 3:13 left on the clock, had cut the Cobra lead to just 3.
NGU finally pulled even with Coker when Ciara Anderson scored on a layup and foul shot, evening the tally at 76.The Crusaders would take a two point lead when Alisha Hope, who led all scorers with 21 points, connected on a 10 foot jumper, capitalizing on an inbound pass stolen by Timisty Nelson.
Coker would cut the lead to one on its next possession, and Haley Yohn’s three-pointer with 15 seconds left gave the Cobras the two point advantage. The Crusaders gained possession with :12 seconds left, but Alisha Hope’s 10 footer rimmed out as the clock reached 0, giving the Cobras their eighth win of the season, and third win in conference.
“I thought we competed well, we didn’t play very well in the first half, but I some of that was from the break,” remarked head coach Jayne Arledge. “We had some young players step up and play well, we’re looking forward to the future, we’ve got to work on some things, and hopefully we’ll come out ready to play against limestone.”
Also in double figures for NGU was Tyler powers who scored 12 points, six of which came from behind the three point line. Timisty Nelson and Tierra Richberg both score 11 points for the Crusaders. Richberg also led the Crusaders with seven rebounds.
The Crusaders will return to the floor on January 8th when they take on the Saints of Limestone College. The tipoff between the Crusaders and Saints is scheduled for 5:30pm in Tigerville.