Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gaffney, S.C.—North Greenville had its three game win streak snapped on Saturday evening, as the sixth ranked Lime Stone Saints 86-61 in league play.

Erika Cobb led NGU with 15 points. The Crusaders shot 46 percent from the field while the Saints shot just under 60 percent, finishing shooting 56 percent. Limestone shot a stellar 64 percent from the field in the first half, leading to a 15 point lead at halftime.

The Crusaders hung with the number six team in the land for several minutes in the first period, trailing by just three with just over nine minutes left until halftime. The Saints responded to the NGU challenge with an 18-4 outburst that ran the lead to 41-24 with two minutes until halftime. LC would take a 46-31 lead into intermission.

The Crusaders tried to work their way back into contention in the second half, cutting the lead to 14 on an Emily Wampler three pointer with 18 minutes left in the game. The Crusaders would trail 51-37 with 18:11 left in the game, but would then go on a scoring drought. NGU failed to find the bottom of the basket for a little more than five minutes, while Limestone continued to add to its lead.

The Saints took advantage of the North Greenville scoring drought, extending their lead to 29 points, leading the Crusaders 66-37. Timisty Nelson broke the scoring lull for NGU with a pair of free throws, but the damage had already been done. The Saints would lead NGU by as many as 31 points, during Saturday's Conference Carolinas showdown, as NGU fell to 7-12 overall and 6-7.

The Crusaders will be back in action on January 29th when they travel to Franklin Springs, Georgia to take on the Lions of Emmanuel College. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30pm.