Bears maul KnightsPenland’s career-best 23 points propel Pisgah girls into the tourney’s third round
CANTON — The North Henderson varsity girls basketball team knew if it had a chance to pull a second round upset over No. 2 seed Pisgah, the Knights had to contain the scoring of Sheridan Pressley, Brooklyn Allen, Mariah Lewis and Sydney Singleton.
Imagine what went through the minds of the North Henderson squad when Pisgah junior Ashley Penland scored nine points during the Black Bears’ 14-0 run to start the game.
Whatever it was, it wasn’t thoughts of an upset.
Penland finished with a career-best 23 points as Pisgah crushed the Knights, 67-38, in a NCHSAA Class 3-A West second round game in the Bears’ Den Wednesday night.
“It’s about time I had a game like this,” said Penland. “We have been working hard and we know how important each game is. We don’t look ahead, we focus on who we are playing right now.”
Pisgah, which improved to 26-1 overall, will host at 6:30 p.m. Southwestern Randolph for the Sectional IV championship tonight. In the past three seasons, Pisgah Head Coach Brandon Holloway’s girls are 41-1 on their home court. The Knights finished 15-12.
In addition to Penland, Pressley finished with 12 points, sophomore Brooklyn Allen chipped in 10 points for the Black Bears.
“I’m very pleased with our full court press and how it is creating backcourt turnovers,” said Holloway. “Seven of the first 10 points came from easy transition baskets. We preached to the girls that we were not playing North Henderson again, we were playing in the second round of the playoffs. We have a great group of leaders and we’re playing great basketball.”
Pisgah led 19-4 at the end of the first quarter, 36-19 by halftime and 57-26 going into the final eight minutes.