Pisgah girls blowout East, Kruk's boys survive and advance
CANTON — Through the first eight minutes, visiting No. 6 seed East Henderson had rebounded well, didn’t turn the ball over and hung with the No. 3 seed Pisgah varsity girls basketball team in the WNC Athletic Conference Tournament first round game in the Bears’ Den Friday evening.
The Eagles were looking for one of those tournament upset games considering East Henderson has never beaten Pisgah in the last 25 meetings and 22 of those games they were blown out by the Black Bears.
So it was to be expected there was a little glee on the Eagles’ bench when they only trailed by five, 14-9, at the end of the first quarter.
And then the second quarter started. And so did a familiar finish.
Pisgah turned up the heat on defense, outscored East Henderson, 19-3, in the second quarter and allowed just 14 more points in the second half to blow out the Eagles, 58-26.
Freshman Lani Woods led Pisgah in scoring with 19 points, senior Maddie Webb had 16, Jordan Creson chipped in seven points, including a pair of triples, senior Emily Smith had four points (9 rebounds) and junior Caroline Parris had three points, three steals and five rebounds.
Pisgah improved to 17-5 overall and advances to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal game at West Henderson High, where head coach Brandon Holloway’s girls meet No. 2 seed Franklin.
Pisgah led at the half, 33-12 at the half and, 44-16, going into the final eight minutes.
Pisgah shot 41 percent from the floor (5-of-12 from the 3-point line) compared to the Eagles’ 23 percent. The smothering Black Bears’ defense committed 16 steals and scored 26 points off of turnovers and a total of 32 points came inside the paint.
Boys First Round
Pisgah 52, Brevard 42
CANTON — When it comes to the postseason, there will be games like the one No. 2 seed Pisgah had with visiting No. 7 seed Brevard in Friday evening’s WNCAC Boys Basketball Tournament first round game in the Bears’ Den.
The Black Bears struggled early, but still scrapped for the entire 32 minutes and found a way to survive the upset-minded Blue Devils, 52-42, and advance into the semifinals.
Pisgah, who improved to 15-6 overall, will meet arch-rival and No. 3 seed Tuscola at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at West Henderson High School. The Blue Devils dropped to 8-17.
After the first eight minutes, Brevard and Pisgah were locked in a 13-13 tie. But both teams shot poorly from the floor in the second quarter. The Black Bears, however, managed to shoot a tad better than the Blue Devils and took a 22-15 lead into halftime.
Pisgah was bitten by the turnover bug (11) in the third quarter and watched its lead sliced to a point, 35-34, going into the final eight minutes.
That’s when the Spiderman found his groove as senior Trey Morgan led Pisgah to victory with 12 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. He also finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds. Sophomore Tanner Wike had 11 points, junior Mason Herbert (9 rebounds) scored six, sophomore Kam Walker and senior Eli Long had five points each, while junior Nathan Whitley and sophomore Zeke Long finished with four points each.
Junior Ari Williams led Brevard with 15 points.
Pisgah shot 33.3 percent from the floor compared to Brevard’s 29 percent. The Black Bears finished with a 36-27 advantage in rebounds.