Kingdom’s late-game heroics propel GCS to victory

Greenville Christian guard Williette Kingdom jumped in front of a Lady Mavs pass made a steal and drew a foul with 1.9 seconds remaining in the game.

She calmly stepped up and drained two clutch free throws giving Greenville Christian a hard fought 50-49 victory on Tuesday night. “I didn’t feel any pressure at the time when I was at the line,” Kingdom said. “Free throws are routine and it was all in God’s will.”

Behind a raucous crowd chanting “defense” the Lady Saints erased a double digit lead with their tenacious defense and ball pressure. “We only scored two points in the third quarter but we scored 24 in the fourth,” said Grenville Christian Head Coach Brother Sandifer.

“Every player on the floor scored in the fourth quarter.”

Manchester appeared to take command of the contest by opening the third quarter on a 10-2 run to push out to a comfortable 32-24 lead with 3:54 remaining.

Manchester moves its lead to double digits on a three pointer from the top of the key by 22 to take a 37-26 lead into the final frame.

Both teams played to their strengths in the opening minutes of the game.

Greenville Christian used its speed, quickness and ball pressure to force turnovers and get the Lady Mavs in early foul trouble. Meanwhile Manchester used its height to crash the offensive boards.

The early nip and tuck battle saw five lead changes.

But Manchester closed the on an 8-1 run to leaf Greenville Christian led 15-10.

Lady Saints forward Taria Washington kept her squad close with several key buckets including a step back three pointer that hit nothing but net to draw the home team to a 15-17 deficit with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter.

Bethany Washington knocked down free throws on the ensuing possession to tie the score at 17. Williams led all scores with 24.

Lanny Patton led Manchester with 17.

Manchester answered with two straight fast break layups to take a 24-23 halftime lead.