Prep Basketball

Pisgah fends off late Enka push

Pisgah’s 17-point lead disappears in three-point win
By Rhonda Byrd | Dec 13, 2012
Photo by: Wesley Pope Pisgah junior guard Jesse Anderson, 21, fends off Enka’s Cole Anderson as he runs a fast break during Wednesday night’s game.

CANTON — For the first half, the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team played like the Pisgah of old — knocking down open jumpers, mixing in transition baskets, while playing a smothering defense.  
For the second half, the Black Bears didn’t look like the same old squad — missing easy jumpers,   shooting 50 percent from the charity stripe and allowing Enka to cash in turnovers with easy baskets in transition.
In the end, however, the 17-point halftime lead (37-20) the host Black Bears created was just enough to make sure the Jets’ rally fell short as Pisgah won,  61-58, Wednesday night.
Pisgah improved to 2-3 overall and will host Franklin tonight in a WNCAC game.
Junior Jesse Anderson scored a team-high 11 points for the Black Bears, while freshman Peyton Truesdale and sophomore Thomas Tatham chipped in 10 points each. Junior guard Hunter Wike added eight points and junior forward McKinley Brown scored six points in the win.
Enka’s Cole Williams and Drake Wells finished with 18 and 12 points, respectively.

Varsity Girls

Pisgah 57, Enka 52
CANTON — In a tight, physical game from start to finish, the Pisgah varsity girls team took a 57-52 non-conference victory over visiting Enka Wednesday night.
Pisgah, which is still struggling to find the right chemistry on the court, sealed the win from the charity stripe with three free throws in the final seconds of the game. Junior Sheridan Pressley knocked down a pair with 26 seconds left and senior Taylor Galyean made the back-end of two with 16 seconds left in the game.
The Black Bears, which made 12-of-17 shots from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes, improved to 2-3 overall and will host Franklin tonight.
Pisgah managed to take a four point lead, 54-50, with 57 seconds remaining thanks to senior Brooklyn Galyean’s seven points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.  
Enka led at the end of the first, 11-8, and 25-23 at the break. The Black Bears, however, outscored the Jets, 12-10, in the third quarter to send the game into the final eight minutes tied at 35.
Pressley, who was 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, scored a team-high 14 points, while (Taylor) Galyean finished with 12 points for Black Bears. (Brooklyn) Galyean chipped in eight points, freshman Brooklyn Allen scored seven and junior Mariah Lewis added six points.
Samantha Sheppard, who was the only Jet in double-figures, scored a game-high 15 points.