Rivalry returns to court tonightBlack Bears look to go 4-0 over Mountaineers in varsity hoops
CANTON — It looks as if Old Man Winter is going to cooperate and not make an appearance any time soon, allowing one of the area’s most intense basketball rivalries to tipoff tonight when Tuscola High travels across Haywood County to play at Pisgah High.
After the junior varsity games, the Tuscola girls (1-17, 1-7 WNCAC) will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. against the Black Bears (15-1, 7-1 WNCAC), while the Tuscola boys (4-14, 3-5 WNCAC) meets Pisgah (14-2, 7-1 WNCAC) at approximately 8 p.m. in “The Den.”
It has been several years since Pisgah went 4-0 against its rival in one season in boys and girls varsity basketball. A Black Bear varsity sweep tonight would give Pisgah a 4-0 record on the court this season over its rival.
Back in December in the first meetings, the Pisgah boys dismantled Tuscola, 79-36, while Brandon Holloway’s girls mauled the Mountaineers, 67-27.
The NCPreps.com polls were released Tuesday and the Pisgah girls maintained their No. 4 ranking, while the Pisgah boys were ranked eighth.
Both Tuscola and Pisgah announced their revised schedule after several games being cancelled due to the recent snow storms.
Tuscola will play at Smoky Mountain Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning with a 2 p.m. JV girls game. (Varsity girls at 4:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 6 p.m.). The Mountaineers will travel to North Henderson on Monday, Feb. 3.
Pisgah plays at East Henderson on Monday, Feb. 3, and has rescheduled its home game with Hayesville for Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 3 p.m. with the JV girls game.