North Greenville's opening night excitement was spoiled by the University of North Georgia as the Nighthawks topped the Crusaders by a score of 68-59.
North Greenville and North Georgia traded baskets for most of the first half, with the Crusaders taking a slim five point advantage before the Nighthawks tied it back up at 17-17. The Crusaders would then score six unanswered points to end the half, capped off by a three pointer from Cameron Carter, who had 18 points in the period.
North Greenville extended the advantage early in the second half, taking a six point lead to 12 points behind Erika Cobb's three pointer with 16:21 left in the game. After a small run by North Georgia, the Crusader lead hovered around five points until late in the second half when the Crusaders offense went cold. The Nighthawks took the lead on a layup and the teams traded the lead until the three minute mark. From there, North Georgia got hot and took a two point lead to an 11-point lead, sealing the win in the opening game of the season.
Carter led the Crusaders on the night with 27 points on 4-5 shooting from the three point arc. Elizabeth Trentham added 10 points and six rebounds while Erika Cobb rounded out the leading scorers with seven points of her own.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow night as they take on Francis Marion University. Tipoff is set for noon in Dahlonega, Ga.