Suffocating defense leads to Crusader victory
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Suffocating defense leads to Crusader victory

The North Greenville women's basketball team used a 25-8 run in the third quarter to take down the Lees-McRae Bobcats in an important Conference Carolinas matchup.

The Crusaders started the game shooting well, opening up an 8-4 lead before going cold and giving up a 9-2 Bobcat run to end the first quarter at 13-10. Elizabeth Trentham did not miss a shot in the first quarter, notching five of her 12 points in the opening 20 minutes.

The battle continued in the second quarter as the Crusaders fought their way back to tie the game with 2:36 left in the quarter before the Bobcats fought to once again take the lead, ending the half on another 9-2 run to take a five point advantage into the half.

The North Greenville offense came out of the break firing on all cylinders while the defense suffocated the Bobcat attack to take a commanding 12 point lead. The Crusader defense held Lees-McRae to one field goal in the third quarter, the only other points coming from free throws.

North Greenville cruised through the fourth quarter, never allowing the Bobcats to get within six points on the way to its sixth conference win this season.

Cameron Carter led the well-rounded Crusader attack with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists. Tyler Powers and Trentham were the only other Crusaders in double figures, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively. Paulette Addison led the team with eight rebounds from the post to go along with her two points.

The win takes North Greenville to 8-16 overall and 6-11 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders return home to take on Emmanuel College on February 13. Tipoff for the Conference Carolinas clash is scheduled for 5:30.