Prep Basketball

Black Bears take a pair from North Knights

Woods’ 22 keys come-from-behind victory, Long’s 23 helps Pisgah to upset win
By Rhonda Byrd | Jan 08, 2017
Photo by: Bill Killillay Pisgah's Lani Woods, 13, drives in and scores two points.

CANTON — In four losses this season, the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team had been out-rebounded. So, head coach Casey Kruk’s point of emphasis over the Christmas break has been — rebounding.
In Tuesday night’s game against defending WNC Athletic Conference co-champion North Henderson, the Black Bears out-rebounded the Knights by two, 24-22, and they also held on to win by two, 77-75.
“Rebounding is something that we talk about and work on a lot because it has cost us some games,” said Kruk. “It’s easy to forget that this team is still learning.  We just had our 10th practice this week and played our 10th game. There is things that we are still figuring out how to do and I think tonight we did a good job against North’s zone.”
It didn’t hurt Pisgah that its balanced scoring attack paved the way for the huge win over North Henderson with four Black Bears finishing in double-figures and one other just missing double-digits by a point.
Sophomore Zeke Long pumped in a team-high 23 points, sophomore Hunter Wike chipped in 15, sophomore Kam Walker and junior Mason Herbert finished with 12 points each, while senior Trey Morgan contributed nine points in the win.
The talented Austin Nelson led the Knights of Edneyville with a game-high 31 and Eric Decker chipped in 19, including four treys in the first three minutes of the game.   
Pisgah led at the half, 39-34, at the half, but had the lead flipped on them (56-51) going into the final eight minuutes after being outscored in the third quarter, 22-12.
The Black Bears, however,  flipped the lead back in their favor by outscoring North Henderson, 26-19, in the fourth quarter.
Pisgah played at Smoky Mountain on Thursday. At press time, no results were available.

Varsity Girls
Pisgah 54
North Henderson 41

CANTON — The Pisgah varsity girls basketball team put itself in a big hole against visiting North Henderson by scoring just 13 first half points in Tuesday night’s WNC Athletic Conference game.
However, Woods parked the lethargic Black Bears, who trailed 22-13 at the half, by scoring seven points in the first minute of the third quarter and 13 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to lead Pisgah to a come-from-behind 54-41 victory over the Knights.
“We are just working hard in practice and I think as the season goes on, we will not be considered freshman anymore,” said Woods. “It was a big team win for us over a very good North team.”
Pisgah improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the WNCAC. The Knights dropped to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
The Black Bears outscored North Henderson 20-10 in the third quarter and 21-9 in the fourth.
Senior Maddie Webb and sophomore Emma Sorrells picked up where Woods left off, scoring eight points each in the fourth quarter.
Webb, who had her double-double streak snapped at nine consecutive games, finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Sorrells finished with eight points.
Pisgah played Smoky Mountain in Sylva  Thursday night. At press time, no results were available.