Girls Basketball

Pisgah’s Pressley officially signs with Queens

By Rhonda Byrd | Nov 14, 2013
Photo by: Kelly Boone Front row, from left, are Jill Pressley, Sheridan Pressley and David Pressley. Back row, from left, are Lola West, Ray Pressley and Mary Jo Pressley.

CANTON — Sheridan Pressley played a key role as a junior in leading the Pisgah varsity girls basketball team back in March to the NCHSAA Class 2-A state championship game in Chapel Hill.
Pressley has been a starter and head coach Brandon Holloway’s leader on the court since her freshman season, helping the Black Bears to an impressive 66-18 record.  
The 5-foot-6 senior, who is regarded as one of Western North Carolina’s top point guards and youngest daughter of Pisgah Athletic Director David Pressley, officially signed her national letter-of-intent with NCAA Division II Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday.
Pressley, who has scored 1,212 points in three seasons, said of Wednesday’s signing day, “It is exciting for me because it has always been my dream to play college basketball. Signing my letter-of-intent (today) will allow me to be more focus on the upcoming season. My teammates are the most important thing right now. Having taken care of this before my final basketball season is a big weight off of my shoulders.”
For at least the next four years, Pressley will get to play for Queens Head Coach Susan Yow, who has won three gold medals coaching with USA Basketball and is the sister of the late Kay Yow.
“The reason I chose Queens is two fold,” said Pressley. “I like the coaches and Queens really felt like the right fit for me.”
Last season, Pressley averaged per game 15.6 points, 4.1 assists, 2.5 charges taken, 2.4 steals, shot 89 percent from the free throw line and 40 percent from the 3-point line.
“Sheridan has been with me since her freshman year, so she is like my own kid,” Holloway said. “We have developed a special relationship and that is rewarding. This has been a dream for Sheridan and I am glad that her dream has come true to play at the next level. She has worked hard to develop her skills and she is in the gym every day. Her teammates look to her as the team leader. She has been a joy to coach.”