Warriors Unable to Hold onto First Half Lead

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Tigerville, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell in the first Conference Carolinas game of the season to the North Greenville Crusaders in a final of 66-55 on Wednesday evening.

The Warriors shot 34% from the field in the loss to the Crusaders.  Iva Krstevska led the team with 16 points, she was followed by Lisana Burnett with 11 points.  Southern Wesleyan recorded eight assists, with three Warriors posting two.  Burnett and Emily Waters each had two steals.  Three Warriors posted blocks in the loss.


Game Vitals

Final: North Greenville 66, Southern Wesleyan 55

Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-3 / CC 0-1) North Greenville (2-4 / CC 1-0)


Coach Davis says...

"We have a team who is interested in having success, but not fully committed to the work that success entails.  We became complacent at halftime and content, which was disappointing to see in the second half.  Moving forward tomorrow as we prep for Belmont Abbey. 


How It Happened

Southern Wesleyan attacked early as Emily Waters passed the ball to Lonesha Lee to put it up and give the Warriors a 2-0 point lead.  However, the Crusaders tied the game at two on a jump shot by Bree Stoddard.  North Greenville took a 5-2 point lead on a three point shot by Stoddard.  Lisana Burnet stole the ball away from the Crusaders and made a layup to put the Warriors back on top 6-5.  Back-to-back shots by Lisana Burnett gave the Warriors a 10-7 point lead.  Breanna Richardson passed the ball to Jessica Sparks to lengthen the Warriors lead to 13-9, and then a three pointer by Iva Krstevska allowed Southern Wesleyan to extend their lead to 16-11.

Leading 23-17 to kick off the second quarter, the Warriors extended their lead to 26-17 on a three point shot by Iva Krstevska.  North Greenville fought back to come to 23-26 behind the Warriors on a jump shot by Kira Bell.  The Warriors extended their lead to five points on a layup by Breanna Richardson.  A three point shot by Denisha Hall allowed the Warriors to extend their lead to 33-26.  The Crusaders would not let the Warriors walk away easily as a layup by Karen Donehew put the North Greenville Crusaders within three, but Southern Wesleyan countered with a three point shot by Lisana Burnett to regain a six point lead.  A layup by Iva Krstevska put the Warriors on top 40-32 at half.

Southern Wesleyan started strong in the third quarter as Iva Krstevska made a layup to give the Warriors a ten point advantage.  The Crusaders countered with a jump shot by Kira Bell to put them down 42-34 to the Warriors.  North Greenville continued to pressure to come to 38-42 behind Southern Wesleyan on a jump shot by Savannah Hughes.  The Crusaders tied the game at 42 on a jump shot by Bell, and then took a 44-42 point lead jump shot by Elizabeth Trentham.  Southern Wesleyan kept the game close as a jump shot in the paint by Jessica Sparks put them down 45-46.

North Greenville kicked off the final quarter with a jump shot by Kira Bell to take a 50-45 point lead.  The Warriors countered with a layup by Emily Waters off a pass by Breanna Richardson to come to 50-47 behind the Crusaders.  Southern Wesleyan continued to fight as Iva Krstevska made a free throw and Breanna Richardson sunk a jump shot to come to 57-52 behind North Greenville.  Despite a jump shot by Emily Waters, the Warriors fell to the Crusaders in a 66-55 final.


What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road on December 1 as they travel to Belmont Abbey to take on the Crusaders at 2 p.m.  The Warriors will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on December 8 as they take on Auburn Montgomery at 3 p.m.  They will then travel to Banner Elk, NC to take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats on December 12.