Pressley keys West’s victoryQueens University-bound guard scores 10 points in 82-68 all-star win
GREENSBORO — Before heading off to Queens College in a few weeks, Sheridan Pressley had one last opportunity on Monday night to showcase her talent on the prep level.
The recent Pisgah High School graduate chipped in 10 points during the West’s 82-68 win in the 40th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star girls basketball game at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Pressley, who will continue her basketball career with the Royals, really enjoyed the opportunity to play with some of North Carolina’s top graduating seniors and for West Coach Scott Waugh, who has won over 360 games at Wilkes Central High School.
“It was such an amazing opportunity to play with some wonderful players,” said Pressley. “I’ve been able to build some relationships that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
“It was really fun and I enjoyed playing for him; it’s nice to be together for once and not on the other side,” she added. “It was good coming in and getting your feet wet and knowing that for the next step you have to step it up every day and work hard.”
Pressley admitted to struggling at times early on Monday but had several key plays for the West squad, including a layup to punctuate a 9-0 run putting the West up eight (40-32) late in the first half.
She also hit two free throws following a technical foul from the East’s Alecia Hardy midway through the third period.
Sandwiched in-between those plays, Pressley drew a charge on Kapria Pressley.
“You always get nervous playing in a big game like this, but we just kept trying to come out and play hard,” Pressley said. “We knew if we could get to the free-throw line (going 19-for-41) then we’d be able to control the game and that’s what we did.”
Pressley’s play and hustle weren’t lost on Waugh.
Having seen her play twice over the past four seasons during the 2011 and 2012 2-A state playoffs against his Wilkes Central squads, Waugh knew what kind of player he was getting and really enjoyed the chance to coach her.
“At halftime, I told (Briana) Burgins, (Saadia) Timpton and her that you three are my type of players. By that I mean that you’re blue collar, you’re going to do things that no one else will do all the time,” said Waugh. “I told her that’ you’re a competitor’; we coach the Katie Ryders, the Paige Loves (two former members of Waugh’s 2012 2-A state runner-up team; Love is currently a rising junior with the UNC-Ashevile women’s basketball team), players like that before and she’s like that.
“I think she needed to hear that I’ve got confidence in her because she was under duress at times and she fought back like a champion,” he added. “That’s what happens when you’re used to being in the regional finals and state championships, they know what it feels like and she reacted very well, very pleased with her.”
Shaylen Burnette, who was named MVP of the girls game, paced the West with 16 points while the East’s Jamie Cherry, who will suit up for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall, led all scorers with 24 points.
Former Franklin standout Sarah Henson scored six points for the West squad.
In the boys contest, game MVP Jeremy Harris of Greensboro Page scored a game-high 24 points, including a pair of monster dunks in the second half, to pace the West squad to a 98-86 win over the East in the 66th Annual NCCA East-West All-Star boys’ basketball game.
Raekwon Miller, Western North Carolina’s lone boys representative from McDowell High School, just missed out on double figures with nine points.
West 82, East 68
West 16 24 19 23 – 82
East 17 11 15 25 – 68
WEST ALL-STARS: Shaylen Burnette 5-8 5-8 16; Cameron Nieters 6-9 0-4 13; Saadia Timpton 6-10 1-2 13; Malaya Johnson 6-6 0-0 12; Sheridan Pressley 3-5 3-4 10; Sarah Henson 2-5 2-7 6; Madi Story1-4 2-4 4; Briana Burgins 0-2 4-6 4; Rachel Camp 0-8 2-6 2; Akela Branch 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 30-62 19-41 82.
EAST ALL-STARS: Jamie Cherry 6-21 7-10 24; Alecia Hardy 3-6 4-8 13; Alexus Hill 3-11 0-0 8; Tiffany McCarter 3-5 0-2 6; Jalyn Brown 2-6 1-2 5; Jamella Smith 1-5 2-2 4; Kapria Pressley 2-5 0-0 4; Catherine Romaine 1-5 2-4 4; ,Courtney Thompson 0-1 0-2 0; Shaquoria Miles 0-1 0-5 0. Totals 21-66 16-35 68.
3-point goals – West 3-9 (Nieters 1-2; Pressley 1-1; Burnette 1-2; Burgins 0-1; Camp 0-2; Timpton 0-1), East 10-30 (Cherry 5-17; Hardy 3-5; Hill 2-6; Smith 0-1; Brown 0-1). Fouled out– East, Pressley; Smith; Hardy. Rebounds – West 53, (Johnsona 8; Camp 8; Burnette 8), East 45. Assists – West All-Stars 17 (Shaylen Burnette 7), East All-Stars 9 (Jamella Smith 3). Total fouls – West All-Stars 25, East All-Stars 26. Technical fouls– East, Hardy.