Barton women’s basketball opens league play with impressive 84-61 victory over North Greenville

Barton senior guard Dinah Neal totaled 12 points and eight assists in the Bulldogs’ 84-61 victory over North Greenville Saturday at home in the league opener.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton senior guard Dinah Neal totaled 12 points and eight assists in the Bulldogs’ 84-61 victory over North Greenville Saturday at home in the league opener. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton women's basketball team (8-0, 1-0) remained perfect on the young regular season with an 84-61 win over North Greenville (2-5, 1-1) Saturday afternoon in its Conference Carolinas opener at Wilson Gymnasium.

Senior forward Kianna Wynn (Knightdale, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points while junior guard Summer Baer (Fleming Island, Fla.) added a season-high 17 points and hit five three-pointers in the victory.  Baer was especially effective in the first half, totaling 14 points and four treys as the Bulldogs built a 46-29 advantage at intermission.

The Bulldogs' defense also limited the Crusaders to just 32 percent shooting (22-of-68) while the home team lead by as many as 29 points – 76-47 with 3:51 remaining in the contest – and forced North Greenville into 15 turnovers.

North Greenville was paced by Savannah Hughes (Greenville, S.C.) with 15 points and Karen Donehew (Knoxville, Tenn.) added 12 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Barton senior guard Dinah Neal (Browns Summit, N.C.) scored 12 points and dished out a game-high eight assists while sophomore center Shanika Peterkin (Virginia Beach, Va.) had another outstanding all-around game:  eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.  Peterkin leads the league in blocked shots with 37 blocks.  The Bulldogs also held a 51-42 advantage on the boards.

Barton remains at home to take on Belmont Abbey Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., in a Conference Carolinas contest while North Greenville plays at Belmont Abbey on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.