Pisgah rolls past the Rebels and WolvesAnderson pumps in 30 points, Pressley scores 22, in easy home 2-A playoff wins
CANTON — No. 13 seed West Lincoln kept the game close (15-13) for eight minutes until the WNCAC regular season and tournament champion Pisgah varsity girls basketball team got serious in the second quarter.
The No. 4 seed Black Bears blew open the game, outscoring the Rebels, 18-2, in the second quarter to cruise to a 65-37 victory over West Lincoln in a first round game in the NCHSAA Class 2-A West playoffs.
“It’s always tough opening the playoffs after playing a big game — especially a championship game like we did last week,” said Pisgah Head Coach Brandon Holloway. “With very little practice and preparation for West Lincoln, we just had to start the game and feel our way though it.
“I think that’s why it was as close as it was after the first quarter. Plus I think our girls where kind of tentative. But I was proud of the second quarter and how we really stepped it up defensively, putting the game away from our defensive standpoint.”
Pisgah improved to 22-6 overall and will host at 6:30 p.m. the eighth-seeded East Rutherford Cavaliers tonight in a second round playoff game.
In the second quarter, the Black Bears’ amped up the defense cause a multitude on problems for the Rebels.
Pisgah started the second quarter on a 7-0 runmaking the score 22-13 before West Lincoln finally scored with 3:48 remaining before halftime.
But the Black bears finished off the quarter, with a 11-0 run.
Mariah Lewis scored five points points in the eight minutes, while Brooklyn Allen led all scorers at the break with nine points.
The third quarter was more of the same for the Rebels as Pisgah junior Sheridan Pressley heated up and scored eight points, including three consecutive mid-range jumpers from the elbow.
The Black Bears led, 52-24, going into the final quarter.
Pressley finished with a game-high 22 points, while senior Ashley Thompsoin came off the bench and finished with 10 points, including back-to-back treys. Allen finished with nine points, Lewis had seven and Sarah Johnson finished with six points.
On the surface, the eighth-seeded Pisgah varsity boys basketball team’s 71-48 victory at home over No .9 Lincolnton was a lopsided affair.
But the Black Bears have their eyes cast toward playing at No. 1 seed Smoky Mountain tonight, pulling off a shocking upset and beginning their deep run in the playoffs.
Being satisfied with the win just isn’t good enough.
“We knew that we might have some trouble with Lincolnton,” said Pisgah Head Coach Casey Kruk. “We knew they would be a very athletic team that played more man-to-man, which could have throw us off some offensively. But we worked together well tonight and got the job done and we are excited about making it to the second round. But we are not satisfied. We got bigger plans. We want to go further in the state playoffs.”
In Monday’s first round game, the Wolves, seen enough of Pisgah junior Jesse Anderson, who was a one-man show in the first half, scoring 23 of his game-high 30 points to lead the Black Bears to a 31-18 lead by the break.
“This was a big win since we have lost in the first round in recent years,” said Anderson. “I think this team has better chemistry and we are getting better every game. I think this win also gives us the momentum for (tonight’s) second round game and maybe we can pull off a major upset in the tournament. All that we are focused on is to win and advance.”
Pisgah led at the end of the third 49-37. But Lincolnton, however, rallied in the third quarter and put a scare into the Black Bears.
The Wolves managed an 9-0 run and pulled within four points (41-37) with 2:55 left before the final eight minutes. But after a crucial timeout to settle his team, the Black Bears answered by closing out the close out the third quarter with an 8-0 run.
Anderson had 28 points entering the final eight minutes.
Winning best supporting Black Bear was senior Kolby Alexander, who scored eight points, while Dalton Scott chipped in seven and junior McKinley Brown had six points.