'Grand Night' in CantonPressley joins 1,000-point club as girls beat West, Falcons fly by Pisgah boys in double overtime
CANTON — As is so often the case when such milestones are reached, the reaction from the star was relief rather than celebration.
Junior guard Sheridan Pressley reached and surpassed the 1,000-point club on Tuesday night, finishing with 13 points to help the Pisgah varsity girls basketball game to a 80-53 WNC Athletic Conference romp over West Henderson at Black Bears’ Den.
Pisgah improved to 14-5 overall and 9-0 in the WNCAC, while West Henderson dropped to 5-12 and 3-6 in the conference.
Pressley entered the game with a career point total (989) 11 points shy of 1,000. She scored nine first-half points, and reached the grand milestone when she cashed in on a running baseline jumper from the right side with 7:20 to go in the third quarter.
“I wanted the win more than the 1,000th points and we decided as a team to come out and play hard as a team,” said Pressley. “The 1,000 points is a nice accomplishment, but I could not have done this without my teammates and God. But I’m also glad that it’s behind me so that we can focus on our next goal, winning the conference championship.”
The Falcons did everything they could, including an aggressive double team, to prevent the junior from gaining entrance into the elite scorer’s club.
However, she remained calm and continously refused to put up bad shots, opting to dish off to an open teammate. She recorded nine assists in the first half as Pisgah led at the half, 49-34 lead over West Henderson.
Two major benefactors to Pressley’s patience in the first half were freshman Brooklyn Allen, who had 14 points, senior Taylor Galyean, who had 11 points and junior Mariah Lewis, who had 10 points.
Despite limited minutes in the second half, Galyean finished with a game-high 18 points, while Allen chipped in 15 points and Lewis scored 12 points. Senior Ashley Thompson added eight points and sophomore Sydney Singleton contributed six points.
The Black Bears held a 62-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“I was very pleased with how Sheridan came out tonight,” said Pisgah Head Coach Brandon Holloway. “When you’re closing in on a milestone, you can’t help it, human nature takes over and it becomes the main focus. But Sheridan handled it very well. She did not allow that to mess up her offensive game. Her only focus was to win and to see us as a team continue to get better. Knowing the points would come, it was her patience and assists that got us going offensively in the first half.”
Nicole Miller’s 15 points led West Henderson in the loss.
In the junior varsity girls game, the Falcons upset Pisgah, 51-49.
Pisgah travels to Tuscola tonight.
Canton — West Henderson’s Josh Vanwingerden scored 17 points, but it was the last two points he scored that gave the Falcons a 65-63 double overtime WNCAC victory over the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team Tuesday night in the Black Bears’ Den.
Pisgah sank to 12-7 overall and 6-3 in the WNCAC, while West Henderson improved to 3-6 in the conference and 6-12 overall.
With three seconds left in the second overtime, the Falcons’ Zack Bell, who finished with a game-high 34 points, missed his 15-foot baseline jumper, but Vanwingerden slipped under the basket and grabbed the rebound. He promptly put it back off the glass with 1.0 left to give West Henderson it’s 13th lead in the game, 65-63.
After a timeout, Pisgah sophomore point guard Micah Ledford’s potential game-winning, three-pointer from the corner missed.
Pisgah led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter. The game was tied at 31 at the break, while West Henderson led 40-39 going into the final eight minutes of regulation.
The Black Bears and Falcons were tied at 55 after four quarters and at 59 after the first OT period.
For Pisgah, Dalton Scott finished with a team-high 16 points, while Thomas Tatham chipped in 13 and Jesse Anderson, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, added 11 points.