Belmont, N.C. – Karen Donehew turned in 21-points to go along with a team high nine-rebounds on Saturday evening helping North Grenville to an 83-73 win over Belmont Abbey.
Ayano Shelton also had a big night for the Crusaders knocking down 17-points while going 7 of 9 from the field. Elizabeth Trhentham added 11-points for the Crusaders in the winning effort. Two other players finished with nine-points.
The win over Belmont Abbey was one of the biggest victories of the year for the Crusaders as it moved the team up one spot in the league standings. Saturday’s victory moved NGU into the top seven of the league with four league games left. The top eight teams make the league playoffs.
The Crusaders and Belmont Abbey traded the lead eight times on Saturday with four ties also in the mix. North Greenville gained control of the game in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 11-points when a Karen Donehew layup made the score 70-59.
Belmont Abbey trimmed the NGU lead to seven points with 4:50 left in the game. The Crusaders answered with back-to-back buckets from Trentham and Divonnie Powell to up the lead back to nine-points. The lead would hold as North Greenville earned the win over the league’s other Crusaders in the first of two meetings in the coming two weeks.
The Crusaders are now 10-14 overall and 7-11 in league play. NGU will return home for the first time in three games on Wednesday against Converse College at 5:30pm.