Fourth Quarter Rally Leads NGU past Lees-McRae on Senior Night
Friday, February 26, 2016
Fourth Quarter Rally Leads NGU past Lees-McRae on Senior Night

Tigerville, S.C. -- Cameron Carter scored 28-points on Friday night, leading North Greenville to a 66-58 win over Lees-McRae, wrapping up the 2015-2016 pre-season for the NGU Women's Basketball team.

Carter was 10 of 23 from the field and 3 of 7 from the three-point line. Carter had the game's only double-double as she collected 10-rebounds. NGU's lone senior Tyler Powers scored 12-points and collected five rebounds. Paulette Addison finished the game with seven points and led NGU with 11-rebounds.

The Crusaders jumped out to a seven point lead in the first quarter only to see the advantage erased by the Bobcats after a 9-2 run which gave them an 11-10 lead. The Crusaders ended the quarter with an old fashioned three-point play as Paulette Addison capitalized on make and a foul to give NGU a 13-11 lead.

The Bobcats would outscore NGU 16-14 in the second quarter as the teams headed into the locker rooms tied at 27. Both teams shot an identical 34.6 percent from the field in the first half. The Crusaders were 33.3 percent from three-point range while the Bobcats shot just 20 percent from deep.

Lees-McRae would open the second half on another run, taking a 39-31 lead with 4:58 left in the quarter. Erika Cobb would inch NGU closer with her jumper while back-to-back three pointers from Powers and Carter tied the game at 39. Both teams scored once more in the quarter sending the game to final period tied at 41-41.

The Crusaders would take over in the final period as Carter gave NGU its first lead of the game since the second. The layup sparked a 11-2 for NGU which extended the lead to 11-points, the largest of the game for either team. Carter would turn in a bulk of the work during the two-minute span as she scored eight of the 11, including two three-pointers.

Lees-McRae would close the gap to seven points twice in the closing minutes but could not make up any more ground as the Crusaders earned their ninth Conference Carolinas win of the season.

The Crusaders improved to 11-18 on the season and 9-13 in league play. The next stop for the Crusaders will be the Conference Carolinas playoffs where they will enter as the sixth seed.