Tigerville, SC - North Greenville began its home record with a 62-57 loss to the Pacers of USC Aiken. The Crusaders dominated in points off turnovers with 25, but a big fourth quarter by the Pacers resulted in NGU coming up short. Peace Okeke was unable to keep her double-double streak alive, but did record 8 rebounds and 4 points. Haylee Luttrell put together a strong performance with 23 points, just three shy of her career-high.
Two minutes would pass by before Karen Donehew scored off a jump shot in the paint for the first points for either team. North Greenville would start off the game with a 10-2 run and would lead by ten with under two minutes remaining in the opening quarter. USC Aiken would post a layup as well as a free throw to cut their deficit to seven points, but Savannah Hughes ended the quarter with a jumper to give NGU a nine point lead at the end of the quarter.
A repeat-performance in the second quarter resulted in no points being scored in the first two minutes. Two free throws by the Pacers put an end to the scoreless streak. USCA would eat up the deficit by going on an 18-3 run to lead 27-21. However, North Greenville would end the half on a high note with a jump shot and a fast break layup by Savannah Hughes to make the score 27-25 in favor of the Pacers at halftime.
After a three pointer by the Pacers to open up the second half, NGU would take the momentum with a 10-2 run to take a 35-32 lead. A three pointer by Haylee Luttrell put the Crusaders back up by eight, but USC Aiken would go on to score the final four points of the quarter to trail by four.
The fourth quarter began with another strong run by North Greenville. After USCA opened up the quarter with two free throws, seven straight points by the Crusaders resulted in a 49-40 lead. However, once again USC Aiken fought back with eight straight points to trail by just one point. Momentum would continue to remain on the side of the Pacers throughout the remainder of the game as a ten point run give USCA a seven point lead with just over thirty seconds remaining. Luttrell and Karen Donehew would score points in the final thirty seconds, but the Pacers would hang on for the win.
North Greenville will return to action on Saturday, December 7th to face the Limestone Saints in Tigerville.