Prep Basketball

Pisgah drops home openers

Sick Pressley, injured Allen make late exit in 57-50 loss, Erwin boys hand Black Bears first loss
By Rhonda Byrd | Dec 02, 2012
Photo by: Wesley Pope Pisgah junior Sheridan Pressley.

CANTON — Playing the visiting Erwin Warriors for its 2012-13  home opener, the Pisgah varsity girls were hoping for different results.  
However, by the end of the game, the Black Bears were without the services of two starters, junior guard Sheridan Pressley and freshman forward Brooklyn Allen.
Pressley, who played with an illness, fouled out in the fourth and two minutes later, Allen left the game with an ankle injury. Factor in senior guard Brooklyn Galyean having to play with a broken nose and it’s easily explained why Erwin defeated Pisgah, 57-50, in a non-conference game Friday night.
Pisgah dropped to 1-1 on the season.     
Despite Pressley not being her usual sharp-shooting self, the Black Bears jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the opening quarter. But the Warriors rallied to finish the quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 13-12 advantage going into the second quarter.
Erwin continued its run, outscoring Pisgah 17-5 in the second quarter and took a commanding 30-17 halftime lead.
The Warriors managed to carry a 43-34 lead into the final eight minutes.
Pisgah tried to get back into the game but couldn’t because with 4:33 left in the final quarter, a sick Pressley fouled out and an injured Allen went down two minutes later.
Pressley finished the game with just nine points and Allen had 12 points, while senior Taylor Galyean added eight points, (Brooklyn) Galyean had seven and junior center Mariah Lewis added six points.
The Pisgah junior varsity girls, however, won its 41st consecutive game, beating Erwin, 37-31.
Pisgah will get a rematch on Wednesday (Dec. 5) when it travels to Erwin.


Varsity Boys

Erwin 67, Pisgah 62

The Pisgah varsity boys basketball team has to be wondering what would have happen if they had duplicated its first half performance.
Despite 25 points from sophomore center Thomas Tatham, the Black Bears (1-1) watched visiting Erwin erase its five point halftime lead to hand Pisgah its first loss of the season, 67-62, in a non-conference game Friday night.
Every starter contributed a basket in the opening quarter as Pisgah held a 19-12 lead going into the second eight minutes.
In the early stages of the second quarter, however, the Black Bears expanded their lead to 11 points (24-13), but the Warriors went on an 13-7 to shrink the Pisgah halftime lead to 31-26.
The Warriors began the third quarter with an 8-0 run and took a temporary 34-31 lead.
After a timeout, the  combination of Tatham and Peyton Trusdale, who finished with nine  points, scored the next seven points to recapture the advantage, 38-34.
But it all slipped away as Erwin responded with a 12-3 run to close the quarter and held a 48-41 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the final eight minutes, the Warriors continued their hot shooting and stretched their lead to as much as 13 points, 57-44.
The Black Bears steadily nipped at the deficit and put together a 10-1 run on baskets by Tatham, junior Jesse Anderson and junior McKinley Brown to get within striking distance to Erwin’s lead, 58-54 with less than two minutes to play.
But the Warriors managed to fend off Pisgah’s second half comeback effort.
Joining Tatham in double figures for the Black Bears were Anderson (10 points) and Dalton Scott (11 points).
Pisgah  returns to action Wednesday night and will play at Erwin (8 p.m.).