Crusaders hold off Lees-McRae in first action of 2018

January 02, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Lees-McRae2521133291
North Greenville2121282393
Stats at a GlanceLMCNGU
FG Percentage.395 (30-76) .457 (32-70)
3P FG Percentage.333 (11-33) .400 (10-25)
FT Percentage.909 (20-22) .760 (19-25)
Offensive Rebounds1111
Defensive Rebounds3137
Total Rebounds4248
Turnovers1119
Steals116
Bench Points3341
LeadersLMCNGU
PointsMarkia Stacey - 19
Karen Donehew - 27
ReboundsGrace Canella - 7
Karen Donehew - 10
AssistsMackenzi Blankenship - 3
Savannah Hughes - 3
StealsBrea Forbes - 4
Karen Donehew - 2
Savannah Hughes - 2
BlocksMeg Crawford - 4
Ayano Shelton - 1
Crusaders hold off Lees-McRae in first action of 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Crusaders hold off Lees-McRae in first action of 2018

Tigerville, S.C. – Karen Donehew bucketed 27-points and North Greenville shot a season-high 45.7-percent from the field and 40-percent from deep in a 93-91 win over Lees-McRae to open up the new year.

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 93 / Lees McRae – 91
  • Location: Hayes Gymnasium (Tigerville, South Carolina)
  • Records: North Greenville 2 – 10 (1 – 3) / Lees McRae 4 – 6 (1 – 3)

How it Happened

  • A closely contested first half with six ties and six total lead changes.
  • North Greenville led by as many as four points in the half, which ended with NGU trailing 46-42 at halftime.
  • The Bobcats extended their lead to six points in the opening minutes of the third period when Mackenzie Blankenship knocked down a three-pointer to make it 52-46.
  • The Crusaders answered by scoring the next six points to even the tally. Karen Donehew got the rally started and capped it with the game-tying layup.
  • Shelton’s four points were the beginning of a 22-2 run by the Crusaders, which earned them a 14-point edge, the biggest of the game for either team.
  • Five different players scored during the run including Ayano Shelton with six and Kathleen Rodgers who topped it off with a pair of threes to make it 68-54 with 1:04 left.
  • The Bobcats clawed their way back into the game. LMC benefited from five consecutive fouls whistled on the Crusaders to cut the once comfortable lead to six points with 6:35 remaining.
  • North Greenville extended the lead to nine on a Donehew layup with 1:47 left in the game but NGU’s offense began to run cold.
  • LMC scored five unanswered points to trim the deficit to just four points. Kyli Schmidt ended NGU’s scoreless streak with a lay-up that made it 92-86 with 46-seconds left.
  • NGU’s defense stood up in the final minutes of the game though, holding the Bobcat offense to one basket in the final 30-seconds while Donehew put the game away with a final free throw.

Inside the NGU Box Score

  • Two other players scored in double-figures for North Greenville including Cameron Carter who finished the night with 22-points and was three of five from deep.
  • Kathleen Rodgers led NGU from the three-point line, hitting four of her six attempts while finishing the night with 14-points.
  • The Crusaders set another season high on Tuesday night as well with 41-points bench points.
  • Donehew tacked on a game-high 10-rebounds to account for the game’s only double-double.

Inside the Lees-McRae Box Score

  • Markia Stacey led the Bobcats with 19-points and four assists.
  • Mackenzi Blankenship had 18-points for Lees-McRae while Alexis Ammons and Grace Canella each had 10-points.

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders host Converse College on January 5 at 5:30 pm.