Tigerville, S.C.-- The North Greenville Crusaders fell to 2-6 in Conference Carolinas play and 4-11 overall on the season, Tuesday, after dropping a league game to Lees-McRae College 86-77 in the second game of a four game home stand.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead off the tip, but Lees-McRae quickly took control of the first half, going on a 12-0 run to take a 10-2 advantage. The Crusaders would trail for the remaining sixteen minutes, trailing by as many as 18 points. North Greenville would close out the opening period on a 7-2 run to cut the Lees-McRae advantage to seven as the game headed into intermission.
Kabrina Truesdale led all scorers in the first half with 13 points for the Bobcats. Timisty Nelson and Cortney Williams both had nine points to lead North Greenville. The Bobcats finished the half shooting 51 percent while NGU struggled from the floor, shooting right at 31 percent. The Crusaders outrebounded LMC however, picking up 34 boards compared to 25 for Lees-McRae.
The Crusaders came out firing on all cylinders forcing an LMC turnover and scoring the first five points of the half, on a three from Tyler Powers and a, 15 footer from Cortney Williams. NGU's 5-0 run to open the period cut the lead to 45-37 with 19:30 left in the game. North Greenville continued to trail as the teams neared the midway point of the second period before the Crusaders put together a second scoring run. This time a 10-2 run would even the score at 55-55 with 12:12 left. A pair of Tyler Powers free throws earned NGU its first lead since 19:30 in the first period.
The Bobcats would even the tally for the fifth time in the game on their next possession, and then regain the lead at 62-59, turning an NGU missed layup into a three pointer at the other end. The Crusaders shot 38.2 percent in the second half, and finished the game at 34.2 percent. Lees McRae would regain a sizeable advantage with 6:49 after a 10-2 run would give the Bobcats a 77-67 advantage with just over four minutes left.
LMC would capitalize on the momentum, going on to lead by 13 with 1:07 left on the clock after the Crusaders crept closer again cutting the lead to eight a minute earlier. LMC would hit six free throws down the stretch of the final minute and thirty seconds to secure the conference victory over the home standing Crusaders.
The Crusaders finished Tuesday's game with two players turning in double-doubles as Timisty Nelson finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Cortney Williams accounted for 14 and 13. Cameron Carter also finished in double figures with 13 points. The Bobcats finished with five players in double figures including Kabrina Truesdale who had 21 and Kerri belcher who accounted for 20 of LMC's points as well as 11 rebounds.
North Greenville will take on Erskine College on Saturday in Hayes Gymnasium. Saturday's tip is scheduled for 2pm.