Let’s get physicalPisgah girls oust ACR, Kruk’s boys beat Central Cabarrus
CANTON — The Pisgah varsity girls overcame the excessive physical play of the visiting A.C. Reynolds to maul the Rockets, 66-40, in a NCHSAA Class 3-A West first round playoff game in the “Bears’ Den” Monday night.
The Black Bears, a No. 2 seed in the West bracket, improved to 25-1 overall, while ACR’s season ended at 9-13.
“I thought we came out a little nervous, probably first playoff game jitters,” said Pisgah Head Coach Brandon Holloway. “We were missing a lot of easy shots. But I also think the first quarter was about as good defensively as we played all season. We attacked the boards hard (tonight). I’m proud of the way our girls fought through early adversity and came out with a key first round win.”
At the end of the sloppy first quarter, Pisgah led 13-6. However, sparked by Pressley’s 11 second quarter points, the Black Bears rolled into halftime with a 30-14 lead.
In the third quarter, Holloway’s girls continued to cause havoc with their trapping defense to take a 49-24 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Early into the fourth quarter, the Rockets’ frustration boiled over as Briana Griffith got tagged for an intentional technical foul for kicking and punching Pressley as she laid on the court following a scrum for a loose ball.
Unfazed, the Black Bears continued to dominant the action for the final seven minutes of the playoff game.
Four Pisgah players finished in double-figures, including senior Sheridan Pressley’s game-high 19 points, while sophomore guard Brooklyn Allen scored 16, seniors Mariah Lewis and Kelsi Long chipped in 10 points each.
Lewis, who is the school’s all-time leading rebounder, finished with 10 boards to record a double-double.
Tisha Marion led Reynolds with 14 points.
Pisgah will face No. 18 seed North Henderson (15-8) at 6:30 p.m. in tonight’s second round game in the “Bears’ Den.” The Knights, led by Cameron Pryor’s 25 points, went on the road and upset Asheboro, 54-48 in Monday night’s first round playoff game.
NCHSAA Class 3-A West Boys
C. Cabarrus 57
CANTON — Led by sophomore Peyton Truesdale’s game-high 20 points, the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team broke open a close contest in the third quarter and cruised past Central Cabarrus, 73-57, in a NCHSAA Class 3-A West first round playoff game in the “Bears’ Den” Monday night.
“I was able to carry into the momentum from the conference tournament into this first round playoff game,” said Truesdale, who is the son of former Pisgah High and University of Georgia basketball standout Sid Truesdale. “I don’t try to think of myself as a sophomore, I think of myself as an equal player on the court. My dad has a lot of experience and basketball knowledge and he helps prepare me for every game. I could not do any of this with out him.”
The Black Bears, which improved to 22-3 overall, will host No. 20 seed Statesville (13-8) at 8 p.m. in a second round game tonight. The Greyhounds upset No. 13 Piedmont in the first round, 73-62.
The Vikings (11-12), which started the season 1-8 before making a mid-season coaching change, finished the regular season winning 10-of-13 games.
“Truesdale has really come along in the second half of the season,” said Pisgah Head Coach Casey Kruk. “His confidence has really grown and he poses match up problems for opponents.”
Pisgah led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and 38-31 at halftime. The Black bears, however, opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run and never looked back. They led 56-39 going into the final eight minutes of the playoff game.
“I thought we were really nervous in the first half because it’s been a long time since we made it past the first round. But the run to start the third quarter settled us down and allowed us to get into a nice rhythm for the remainder of the game.”
Joining Truesdale in double figures were senior Jesse Anderson, who pumped in 16 points and junior Thomas Tatham, who scored 10 points.
Also for Pisgah, junior Josiah Ledford scored eight points, senior Hunter Wike and junior Cole Anderson had six points each.