Tigerville, S.C. -- The North Greenville Crusaders took on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Tuesday night. The seniors celebrated a 73-69 win as the finished their last home game of the season.
NGU came in hot as senior Ciara Suggs scored the first six points of the game with a pair of threes to open up the game. Neither team was able to grab a comfortable lead in the first quarter but a three-pointer from Mychala Wolfe earned the Crusaders a 20-17 lead after one.
North Greenville would pick up steam in the second quarter, using six Belmont Abbey turnovers to take a 35-23 lead. Wolfe would lead the Crusaders with 19-points on the night while Suggs ended her final game in Tigerville with 11-points. Suggs knocked down a third triple and another jumper to give NGU a 44-34 lead at the half.
The Crusaders from up north would continue to fight though, using a cold second half from NGU on the offensive side of the court to inch closer. NGU shot 39.7-percent. The fourth quarter resembled the first as neither team could gain control. NGU cut a once six point lead to two points, eventually evening the score at 60.
The remainder of the game would be back and forth with three ties and two lead changes in the final minutes of play. North Greenville finally gained control with 1:04 left in the game when a three pointer from Wolfe gave the Crusadera a 71-68 lead. Belmont Abbey would trim the lead to one point, but a late rebound by Karen Donehew would llead to a pair of free-throws for Ayano Shelton who put the game on ice for NGU.
At the end of the game seniors Divonnie Powell, Ciara Suggs, and Alicia Jones were presented and sent off with a 4 game win streak.
North Greenville will travel to Spartanburgh as they take on Converse College for their final game of the regular season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night.