December 30, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville1415141457
Newberry1018152265
Stats at a GlanceNGUNBY
FG Percentage.327 (18-55) .345 (20-58)
3P FG Percentage.346 (9-26) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.600 (12-20) .679 (19-28)
Offensive Rebounds914
Defensive Rebounds2730
Total Rebounds3644
Turnovers1616
Steals65
Bench Points319
LeadersNGUNBY
PointsKaren Donehew - 17
Meg Essex - 19
ReboundsKaren Donehew - 7
Hannah Lepaio - 13
AssistsBree Stoddard - 2
Cameron Carter - 2
Samara Hill - 5
StealsSavannah Hughes - 3
Meg Essex - 2
Regan McCarty - 2
BlocksKyli Schmitt - 1
Cameron Carter - 1
Meg Essex - 2
Lepaio, Essex help stun Crusaders


Lepaio, Essex help stun Crusaders
Saturday, December 30, 2017 | by Asha Evans, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – A decisive fourth-period run and a pair of double-doubles helped Newberry to a thrilling come-from-behind win Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena as the Wolves downed visiting North Greenville 65-57.


Newberry (7-5) sealed the win in the final period, with a layup by Meg Essex sparking a 20-7 run that spanned the final 7:15. Half of the Wolves' points during the decisive stretch came from the low block and were an emphatic response to North Greenville's (1-10) largest lead of the game, a five-point advantage that came moments before Newberry began its ascent into the lead.


Essex and Hannah Lepaio were dynamic inside the painted area and combined to become the first pair of Wolves with double-doubles in a game in 51 weeks. Essex, Saturday's leading scorer with 19 points, added a pair of steals, blocks, and assists over 27 minutes to go along with her 10 rebounds, the last of which came just before the final buzzer when she swatted away a desperate Crusaders' attempt at a triple.


Lepaio stepped up in support of Essex, who spent much of the third period on the bench after picking up her third foul a minute into the second half. Over the course of 17 second-half minutes, Lepaio was perfect from the charity stripe, grabbed eight rebounds, and added seven points.


Both teams entered the last period deadlocked at 43 points in a game that saw seven ties and seven lead changes through the first 30 minutes. Newberry shot nearly 64 percent from the field (7-for-11) over the game-winning fourth-quarter sequence.


The Crusaders were up 50-45 but after two layups from Essex, Regan McCarty found the net to drain a crucial three-point basket that gave the Wolves the lead for good at the 6:15 mark of the period.


Shelby Britten and Samara Hill both tallied 13 points to help propel the Wolves toward victory, giving Newberry four players in double figures for the first time this season. Hill set a new season high record for assists in a game with five.


Newberry found themselves at the free throw line 28 times throughout the contest, and were able to knock down 19 of those attempts. The Wolves also played efficient defense as the foul count leaned in their favor 14 to 26. North Greenville sank 12 of their 20 free throws.


As a team Newberry had five steals, five blocks, 16 assists, and 44 rebounds. The Wolves were able to work the ball into the paint for 22 points while capitalizing on the Crusaders’ mistakes to add 17 points off turnovers to their rally.


North Greenville totaled 36 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and six assists. Karen Donehew and Cameron Carter led North Greenville’s efforts scoring in double-digits while combining for 12 rebounds.


“This was another good team win against a team that is way better than their record indicates”, said head coach Sean Page. He continued, “We haven’t played in two weeks so it was great to get a win under our belts before conference play starts on Wednesday.”


Newberry is set to face their conference foe, Coker on Jan. 3 at 6:00 p.m.