Tigerville, S.C. – A late surge in the final quarter of play from the Flying Fleet proved to be the difference Friday night as Crusaders fell to Erskine 81-78 in Conference Carolinas play.
The Crusaders had four players in double-figures during Friday night’s matchup. Cameron Carter led the team with 20-points to go along with a game high nine rebounds. Ayano Shelton finished with 15-points while Karen Donehew and Mychala Wolfe had 10-points each Divonnie Powell picked up four steals on defense while Donehew and Elizabeth Trentham had three blocks each.
North Greenville led by 15-points with 6:51 left in the third period but the Fleet cut the lead to just nine with the fourth quarter looming. The Crusaders held Erskine at bay until an 8-0 run from Erskine gave the Flying Fleet their first lead of the game with 4:08 left.
There would be four lead changes and two ties in the final stretch of the game as each team tried to pull away. The Fleet would lead by as many as four points, a lead that came with 39-seconds left. North Greenville would cut the lead to three on the next possession as Cameron Carter knocked the front end of a set of foul shots to make the score 81-78 with 27-seconds left.
NGU’s defense would come through once again on Erskine’s next possession, forcing one of 19 fleet turnovers, giving the Crusaders the final look of regulation, trailing by three with 17-seconds left. The Crusaders would take the final shot of the game as an off balanced three-pointer from Carter would come up long. The Fleet would grab the rebound off of the Cameron Carter attempt and run the clock out, ending NGU’s three-game win streak.
The loss to the Fleet dropped the Crusaders to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in league play. North Greenville will return to action on Saturday evening as it hosts Emmanuel at 5:30pm.