Pressley uncharitable at charity stripeJunior’s 28 points, including 10 FTs, leads Black Bears past North Buncombe
WEAVERVILLE — What a way to start the season. Junior point guard Sheridan Pressley could not have scripted a better ending for the Pisgah varsity girls basketball team in its season opener at North Buncombe Tuesday night.
With 22 seconds left in regulation, the Black Hawks managed to pull within two points (63-61) of the Black Bears’ lead.
It was at that point, Pressley put her team on her shoulders and sealed the deal by sinking four free throws to give Pisgah a 67-61 non-conference victory.
The Pisgah varsity girls will put its 1-0 mark on the line tonight when they host Erwin at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Bears’ Den.
Pressley finished with a game-high 28 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, while junior teammate Mariah Lewis, who pulled down four key rebounds down the stretch, chipped in 11 points. Freshman Brooklyn Allen contributed 10 points in her varsity basketball debut despite limited minutes on the court because of early foul trouble.
The Black Bears jumped out to a commanding 24-12 at the end of the first quarter, but had the advantage shrink in the second quarter when North Buncombe rallied and finshed on a 10-4 run to pull within nine points, 40-31, at the half.
To begin the third quarter, Pisgah raced out to a quick 47-33 lead only to suddenly go cold as ice from the floor, which allowed the Black Hawks to climb back into the game. Entering the final eight minutes, Pisgah’s once comfortable double-digit lead slipped to five points, 49-44.
In the early stages of the fourth quarter, Lewis scored back-to-back baskets, sophomore Sidney Singleton drilled a trey from the top of the key and Pressley added a driving layup to extend the Black Bears’ lead to 59-46.
But that was not enough as North Buncombe battled back and chipped at the lead until Pressley became unchartible at the charity line.
Young Pisgah beats Hawks
WEAVERVILLE — To say the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team is young may be an understatement.
The Black Bears start three juniors, a sophomore a freshmen and for the first time in six years, a prolific-scoring McClure is not in the lineup.
Despite struggling early in the game, Pisgah composed itself, followed the lead of junior guard Jessie Anderson and sophomore center Thomas Tatham, who scored 20 points each, and opened the season with a hard-fought 68-56 win over North Buncombe.
“This year’s team prides itself on its defense and works exemtley hard,” said Pisgah Head Coach Casey Kruk. “They also know that being young and playing in a tough conference they’re going to have to play defense.”
Pisgah (1-0) will host Erwin for its home opener tonight with an 8 p.m. tipoff in the Black Bears’ Den.
North Buncombe started the contest scorching the nets and built an eight-point point lead before the Black Bears calmed down and went on a 15-5 run to take a 19-17 lead going into the second quarter.
The Black Bears would never relinquished their lead.
By the end of the second quarter, Pisgah extended its lead to six points, 36-30.
The Black Hawks tried but they never could never get closer than six points of the Black Bears in the second half.
Pisgah took a 53-44 advantage into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Black Bears got a couple of key treys from junior Dalton Scott, who finished with eight points.