Tigerville – A slow start and turnovers hurt North Greenville’s bid for a league in on Saturday as Limestone College escaped Hayes Gymnasium with a 79-57 win over the Crusaders.
Karen Donehew led all scorers with 21-points to help NGU’s cause and was nine of 16 shooting. Savannah Hughes finished with 15-points and four steals on defense while Journey Muhammed tacked on 13-points. Muhammed was the only bench player for the Crusaders to score.
North Greenville aided the Limestone effort with 22-turnovers which led to 22-points for the saints. The Crusaders also benefited from opponent miscues though as Limestone gave NGU 17 extra possessions which led to 17, North Greenville points.
North Greenville fell behind by 11-points after one quarter. The Saints used a 10-2 run in the final six minutes of the opening period to do the damage. North Greenville shot just two of nine in the first frame.
NGU inched to within two of the saints in the second quarter on a pair of made free throws form Savannah Hughes which made it 16-14. Hughes’ free throws capped a quick nine-point burst to open up the second quarter. Hughes was responsible for all nine of those points after knocking down a trio of free throws and jump shots.
The Crusaders lacked answers down the stretch of the final two and a half quarters. North Greenville finished 21-54 from the field and just 3-11 from three-point range while Limestone knocked down 28 shots in 64 attempts. The Saints hit 11 of their 25 three-point attempts. NGU had the edge in points in the paint with 36 compared to 30 for Limestone.
The Crusaders fall to 3-5 on the season overall and 2-2 in league play after the loss
Next Time Out
The Crusaders will wrap up the 2019 slate of games at Converse College on December 14th at 2 PM.