Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville shot 50-perecnt in the first half and held the Lions to just 19-points en route to a 68-56 win over Emmanuel College.
North Greenville stormed out to a 16-point lead after one quarter of play. The Crusaders opened the game on a 14-2 run which set the tone for the first half. NGU got help from Karen Donehew and Cameron Carter who both knocked a three-pointer while Divonnie Powell also got in on the action with four points of her own, earning NGU a 28-12 lead after one period of play
NGU’s defense would keep the Lions in check in the second period, holding them to just seven points, a season, two points show of a season low for NGU opponents. The Crusaders tacked on 13-points during the frame, as Donehew added seven points while Mychala Wolfe opened the quarter with four points of her own. North Greenville carried a 41-19 lead into the locker room.
NGU would need the big lead it garnered after the first half as Emmanuel found some rhythm on offense. The Lions shot just 15-percent in the first half, hitting just three of their 20-shots, but the narrative would change in the second as they scored on 13 of their 27 shot attempts. NGU wasn’t without answers though, shooting 40-percent for the second half, making eight of 20 shot attempts.
The Lions cut North Greenville’s lead to 15-points after the Crusaders led by as many as 25, a lead which came at the 3:14 mark of the second period. The lead would dwindle just 11-points with 7:48 left in the game, but North Greenville would find an answer, scoring 10 unanswered points. Five different players got in on the scoring effort, leading to a 66-46 lead for the Crusaders.
Emmanuel put together one more run late in the game but were only able to cut the lead to 12-points as NGU earned its fifth Conference Carolinas win of the season. The Crusaders are now 5-8 in league play, having won four of their last five league contests with five more nine remaining.
The Crusaders got a big game from freshman Karen Donehew on Saturday night as she scored 26-points, just four shy of a career high. Cameron Carter also scored in double-figures with 12-points. Mychala Wolfe had eight points while Divonnie Powell and Elizabeth Trentham both had seven. The Crusaders got it done on both ends of the floor during Saturday’s win, scoring 24-points on 20-turnovers for Emmanuel while also outscoring the Lions 32-10 in the paint.
North Greenville will return to the floor on February 1st when the Crusaders host Southern Wesleyan at 5:30pm.