Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville weathered a late Converse surge in the final minutes of the game to edge the Valkyries 78-72 in Conference Carolinas play.
The Crusaders had four players in double-figures including Mychala Wolfe who led the team with 19-points, providing a spark off the bench. Cameron Carter added 17-points while Divonnie Powell added 10. Karen Donehew finished the night with 15-points and a game high 12-rebounds for a double double.
The Crusaders led by as many as 16-points during Wednesday’s league matchup but the Valkyries continued to claw at NGU. The Crusaders accounted for 25-turnovers during the game, leading to 26-points for Converse, keeping the Valkyries in the game.
What was once a comfortable 70-54 lead with 5:25 left in the game was eventually whittled down to just four points as the Valkyries embarked on a 16-4 run that spanned around five minutes of the final quarter of play. The Valkyries forced another NGU turnover with a chance to cut the lead to two, but a missed lay-up led to an NGU run out and an eventual foul on a rebound for North Greenville.
Karen Donehew would knock down a pair of free throws to extend the lead to six points with 28-seconds left. Converse would come up empty on its next possession and Divonnie Powell would come up clutch at the charity stripe with a pair of foul shots to ice the game away for North Greenville, further securing a spot in the post season for the team.
North Greenville is now 8-11 in league play and currently a seventh seed in the Conference Carolinas playoffs. The Crusaders will look to improve their standing on Saturday when they host Lees-McRae at 2pm in Hayes Gymnasium. Saturday will also be a special day for the NGU women’s basketball program as it celebrates the career of head coach Jayne Arledge who will retire at the end of the season. The ceremony will take place following the women’s game around 3:30pm.