Holiday Basketball Tournaments

Pisgah girls and boys win semifinal games

Black Bears to play for KSA Championships Monday
By Staff Reports | Dec 27, 2013
Photo by: File P.isgah's Sheridan Pressley

ORLANDO — The Pisgah varsity girls and boys basketball teams won their semifinal games Saturday afternoon and both teams will play in the KSA Holiday Basketball Classic championship games at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday.

The Pisgah boys defeated Fairlawn (N.J.), 57-43, in its semifinal contest and head coach Casey Kruk's Black Bears will play Pottstown (PA) Owen Roberts at 7:30 a.m. in the boys championship game Monday morning.

Peyton Truesdale finished with a 13 points, while Jesse Anderson chipped in 11 and Thomas Tatham dominated inside the paint, pulling down a game-high 17 rebounds.

In the girls semifinal game, tied at 41 at the start of the fourth quarter, Sheridan Pressley helped Pisgah surged ahead en route to beat Olentangy (Ohio), 65-56, and the Black Bears will play Orlando (Fla.) Boone at 11 a.m. in the girls' championship game Monday.

Pressley finished with 24 points, while Brooklyn Allen chipped in 18 and Mariah Lewis scored 14 points.

KSA Holiday Basketball Classic (Opening Round)

ORLANDO - Sophomore Brooklyn Allen scored 18 points and senior Sheridan Pressley pumped in 16 to lead the Pisgah varsity girls basketball team past Franklin Lakes (N.J.) Ramapo, 51-37, in the first round at the KSA Holiday Tournament from Disney's Wide World Sports Complex Friday afternoon.

Junior Sydney Singleton chipped in eight points for Pisgah.

The Black Bears, which improved to 9-1 overall, advances to Saturday's semifinals and will play Olentangy (Ohio), which defeated Mercer Island (Wash.), at 11:30 a.m. from the  Disney's Wide World Sports Complex.

The Pisgah varsity boys basketball teaml defeated Orlando (Fla.) Olympia, 55-49, in the first round at the KSA Holiday Tournament from Disney's Wide World Sports Complex Friday night.

The Black Bears were not intimated at all by Olympia's height advantage, which featured a 6-foot-9 center and a pair of 6-foot-7 forwards.

Sophomore Peyton Truesdale led the Black Bears (10-1) with 18 points, while junior Thomas Tatham chipped in 15 and senior Jesse Anderson scored 10 points.

Pisgah plays Fairlawn (N.J.) in Saturday's semifinals at 1:15 p.m. from the  Disney's Wide World Sports Complex.

Tuscola Holiday Girls Basketball Classic

The Tuscola varsity girls basketball team (0-12) will not get a chance to play in its own holiday tournament championship game after the Mountaineers lost to Swain County, 53-48 Friday afternoon.

Tuscola will play in Saturday's consolation game beginning at noon against Mountain Heritage, which lost to Asheville (50-38).

Tuscola Holiday Boys Basketball Classic

The Tuscola varsity boys basketball team (1-11) won its first game of the season and also earned a shot at winning it own holiday tournament championship after beating Swain County, 73-38, Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers will play at 4:30 p.m. against Mountain Heritage, which defeated Asheville (59-51), in Saturday's Tuscola Holiday Classic championship game.