Tigerville, S.C.—NGU erased a second half deficit but was unable to capitalize on 23 Barton turnovers as the Bulldogs escape Tigerville with a 70-65 win over the Crusaders.
NGU led by seven with 7:08 left in the first half, but an 8-0 Barton run would earn the Bulldogs a 25-24 lead with just over three minutes left in the half. The Bulldogs would score seven unanswered points in the final 2:20 of the opening period to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.
The Bulldogs scored five of the first seven points in the second half to extend their advantage to 10 points, the largest lead of the game by either team. North Greenville's offense would finally find its legs however, and go on a 14-2 over the next five minutes to even the score at 46-346.
The Crusaders would be unable to pull ahead of the Bulldogs however, even after collecting a season high 14 steals on defense. NGU scored just 19 points on 23 Barton Turnovers, while shooting just 38 percent from the field. The Crusaders would stay within two possessions of the Bulldogs in the final five minutes of the game, but would be unable to pull ahead, as the defeat to Barton dropped NGU to 10-14 overall and 9-9 in Conference Carolinas play.
Timisty Nelson led the Crusaders once again, who put up 19 points, and continues to build on her team lead in scoring. Cortney Nelson scored 18 points for NGU. Alisha Hope and Emily Wampler had 10 points each for North Greenville. The Crusaders scooped up 34 rebounds while the Bulldogs gathered 46. NGU scored 42 points in the paint to Barton's 32 while the Bulldogs got solid bench production as the Bulldog bench scored 24 points compared to just four for North Greenville.
The Crusaders will spend Valentines Day on the road, as they travel to Banner Elk, North Carolina to take on Lees-McRae in a crucial conference game at 2pm on Saturday.