CRUSADERS COME UP SHORT IN BANNER ELK
Banner Elk, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s basketball team fell to 2-9 on the season on Wednesday falling to the Lees McRae Bobcats 71-58 on the road. The Crusaders remain winless in Conference Carolinas play.
Alisha Hope led the Crusaders with 13 points on the night. She was the only double figure scorer for North Greenville. Aliyah Stokes and Tyler Powers both scored eight points for the Crusaders while Timisty Nelson led all players with nine rebounds.
The Crusaders trailed early in the first half, but regained the advantage with 6:56 left in the period. NGU would hold onto the lead and enjoy a four point cushion at intermission. Hope aided the Crusaders with six first half points. As a team the Crusades shot 44.8% from the field, and just 12.5% from three point range. NGU out-rebounded LMC 18-14.
North Greenville held tightly to its lead in the second half, but the Bobcats stormed back to take the lead with just over 11 minutes left in the game. The Crusaders held the lead to single digits until the 8:13 mark when the Bobcats extended the edge to 10, the first double digit lead of the game for either team.
The Bobcats would lead by as many as 13, before a NGU run cut the lead to just five with 1:30 left in the game. Ashleigh Edwards sparked the North Greenville run with her only three pointer of the game. Alisha Hope and Ciera Anderson also got in on the scoring as the Crusaders fought back to single digits. A pair of free throws however sent the Bobcat lead back to seven with 1:09 left, sparking a 7-0 run to end the game.
The Bobcats had three players in double figures, including Layana De Souza who led all scorers with 21 points. Lauren Lewis and Kabrina Truesdale also put double figures with 18 and 11 points respectively. LMC shot 40.7% for the game, and 30% from beyond the arch. Lees McRae improved to 6-5 on the year overall, and 4-4 in conference play.
The Crusaders will try for their first conference win on January 19th, when they travel to Misenheimer, North Carolina for a 2pm showdown with Pfeiffer University.