Pisgah girls whip rival TuscolaBlack Bears take over sole possession of first
CANTON — The Pisgah varsity girls basketball team took over sole possession of first place after whipping visiting Tuscola, 47-26, in a WNC Athletic Conference game Friday night.
And the Black Bears can thank a smothering defensive effort.
Pisgah, which improved to 3-0 in the conference and 7-5 overall, kept Tuscola (10-5, 3-1 WNCAC) in single-digits in every quarter, including two points in the second.
After a cold start for both teams, which went was tied at six after the first eight minutes, Pisgah began to heat up, outscoring the Mountaineers, 11-2 in the second quarter to take a 17-8 halftime lead.
But it was the third quarter 22-point explosion, sparked by junior Sheridan Pressley and senior Taylor Galyean, who drained a pair of treys each, to carry a 39-17 advantage into the final eight minutes.
Pressley finished with a game-high 21 points for Pisgah and Galyean chipped in 12. Freshman Brooklyn Allen scored five points, while junior Sydney Singleton, Mariah Lewis and senior Ashley Thompson had three points each.
For Tuscola, only three players recorded points as seniors Shelby Tricoli finished with a team-high 16 points, Taylor Gibson added seven points and Jasmine Duncan had three.
In the JV girls game, Pisgah dominated the Mountaineers, 40-16.
This week, the Pisgah girls will host North Henderson on Tuesday (Jan. 8), play at West Henderson Wednesday (Jan. 9) and at Smoky Mountain Friday (Jan. 11).
The Tuscola girls will look to rebound this week will home WNCAC games with West Henderson on Tuesday and East Henderson on Friday.