Prep Basketball

Pisgah splits with Mustangs

By Rhonda Byrd | Feb 05, 2017
Photo by: Bill Killillay Pisgah sophomore point guard Zeke Long, 22, shoots a short jumper in the paint.

CANTON — At the beginning of the season, the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team was thought of as a good team, but definitely not one of the favorites to win the WNC Athletic Conference championship.
How do you like head coach Casey Kruk’s Black Bears now?
After beating Smoky Mountain, 73-60, Friday night in the Bears’ Den, Pisgah is just one win away from securing at least a conference co-championship.
The Black Bears, who improved to 13-6 overall and 11-2 in the WNCAC, host Brevard Tuesday, Feb. 7, for the regular season finale and Senior Night. Pisgah is in a tie for first with North Henderson (20-3, 11-2), who plays at Smoky Mountain Tuesday night.
The WNCAC Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments begin Friday, Feb. 10, with the higher seeds hosting first round games. The semifinals and championship games will be at West Henderson in Mills River.
Pisgah was led by Trey Morgan’s game-high 19 points, while Kam Walker chipped in 11, Eli Long knocked down three triples to finish with nine points, Nathan Whitley, Zeke Long scored eight points each,  while Cody Lovelace and Mason Herbert had four points each.
The Mustangs (9-13 overall, 6-7 WNCAC) were led by Tyler Waliezer’s 19 points (10 in first quarter).
Pisgah led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, 33-31, at the half and 51-45 going into the final eight minutes.

Varsity Boys
Smoky Mountain 53
Pisgah 38

CANTON — The Pisgah varsity girls basketball team was in control of the WNCAC showdown with Smoky Mountain, holding on to a 15-9 lead after the first eight minutes.
However, two minutes into the second quarter, the Mustangs flipped a switch, went on a 10-0 run and never looked back, beating the Black Bears, 53-38, Friday night in the Bears’ Den.
The Mustangs, who improved to 21-1 and 13-0 in the WNCAC, led 26-21 at the half and, 39-31, going into the fourth quarter. Smoky’s Shay Tisho pumped in a game-high 24 points.
For Pisgah, Maddie Webb scored a team-high 17 points, Lani Woods finished with seven, Jordan Creson had six points, Emma Sorrells chipped in four, Carolina Parris and MaeAnna Norris scored two points each.
Pisgah (15-5 overall) dropped into a tie for second place with Franklin in the WNCAC standings with identical 10-3 records. The Panthers play at Tuscola Tuesday night in Waynesville.