North Greenville survived a scare from the Converse Valkyries with a final score of 57-56 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After trailing for the overwhelming majority of the game, Converse put together a 4th quarter rally to take a two point lead with just ten seconds to go. However, Haylee Luttrell would put NGU back on top with a last second three pointer to win the game. Peace Okeke returned to familiar form with her fourth double-double of the season, posting 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Crusaders got things started with a five point run, which was followed by seven straight points by Converse. After a slow majority of the quarter, NGU ended it with five points in the final minute including a three pointer by Kathleen Rogers to take a 12-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
After a layup by Converse a minute and a half into the second quarter, North Greenville responded with five straight points including a three pointer by Journey Muhammed. With the score 17-13 a few minutes later, the Crusaders would pull away with a ten point run to take a 27-13 lead. The Valkyries did end the half on a strong note by scoring the final nine points to make the halftime score 27-22 in favor of NGU.
The two teams traded points for the first several minutes of the third quarter, but North Greenville would once again begin to pull away with an eight point run. However, Converse again was able to recover by scoring the final six points of the quarter to make the score 43-39 in favor of the Crusaders after three quarters.
Savannah Hughes and Peace Okeke began the scoring in the 4th quarter with layups to put NGU up by eight. North Greenville would continue to play hard, but not without a fight from the Valkyries. A layup by Luttrell to make the score 54-50 would be followed by a near three minute scoring drought by the Crusaders. This would allow Converse to tie the game and eventually take the lead with just ten seconds remaining. Down by two, Luttrell put an end to the game with a three pointer. The Valkyries had enough time to inbound the ball but were unable to put up a shot.
NGU will return to action in 2020 to take on the Lions of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia on Thursday, January 2nd.