CRUSADERS FALL SHORT IN BID FOR UPSET
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tigerville, S.C.—Alisha Hope scored a game high 19 points, and the Crusaders led by six, with ten minutes to play, but a late Limestone rally powered the league leading saints to a 63-59 victory over a quickly improving North Greenville squad. 

North Greenville took its third lead of the game with six minutes left in the first half, capitalizing on spotty Limestone shooting. The Crusaders clocked out of the first period with a 34-28 lead. NGU led by as many as 8 in the first half of play, and held the lead until the Saints tied the game a 50 with 6:30 left in the game. 

The Saints stretched their lead to eight with 3:52 left in the game, but the Crusaders battled back and the Limestone lead to three with :37 seconds left. The Saints iced the game at the free throw line, where they were 14-15 for the game. The Saints were led by Tia Williams and Maria Young who both scored 16 points. 

Scoring in double figures along with Hope, who gathered 10 rebounds to go along with her 19 points, was Timisty Nelson who accounted for 17 of NGU’s total for the game. Ciara Anderson had a solid game on the boards as well with 10 rebounds of her own. The loss dropped NGU to 2-7 overall and 0-5 in Conference Carolinas play. Limestone improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. 

North Greenville will take the court again in four days when they take on Barton at 2pm in Tigerville.