SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Junior forward Abigail Lewis poured in a game-high 27 points and nine rebounds to help lead the Converse (8-12, 4-8 CC) basketball team to a pivotal conference win over North Greenville (4-15, 3-9 CC) on Saturday afternoon inside Hannah Gymnasium. The Valkyries placed four starters in double-figures en route to their second consecutive win.
Brianna James continued her impressive play as of late, posting 16 points and eight rebounds while Dominique Hill flirted with a triple-double, finishing the contest with 13 points, nine assists, and six steals. Paige Johnson contributed 10 points on the afternoon.
The Valkyries shot a respectable 48.3% (29-60) from the field, including knocking down seven shots from behind the arc while holding NGU to just 25-of-56 from the floor (44.6%) and a dismal 5-for-22 from long range. Converse turned the Crusaders over 23 times and produced a season-low 15 turnovers in the win.
Both teams were hot out of the gate, racing out to a 16-all tie just five minutes into the contest. After North Greenville jumped ahead 21-20, Converse used an 8-3 run over the final three and a half minutes behind Hill's five points to take a 28-24 lead into the second quarter.
The second session belonged entirely to the Valkyries as they used a 16-2 run to open the frame, jumping out to a massive 44-26 lead heading to the media timeout. During that run Ashley Sides knocked down back-to-back triples and Lewis controlled the paint, scoring at will on the Crusaders' post players. NGU trimmed the deficit to 46-34 following a Cameron Carter long-range shot, but five straight from Converse sent the Valkyries to the locker room ahead 51-34.
The tides turned in the third quarter as North Greenville began to chip away at the Converse lead. Karen Donehew connected on a basket inside that cut the margin to 57-47, forcing a timeout by the Valkyries coaching staff with 5:34 left in the third. That brief hiatus did little for momentum as the Crusaders finished the frame with an 11-5 run to head into the fourth trailing by only four points (62-58).
However, Converse came out in the final period with a counterpunch, using a crucial run of 15-4 to regain a comfortable 77-62 advantage, capped off by a deep three from Lindsey Rogers that barely touched the net on the way through. North Greenville's Bailey Breazeale made a layup to cut the score to 82-69, but Converse finished the contest on a final run of 8-2 to secure the 90-71 blowout win.
The Valkyries concluded their four-game home stand and will now hit the road for three in a row beginning on Wednesday, January 31, traveling to Mount Olive to take on the Trojans. Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.