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Pressley sparks Pisgah to win

9:41 PM, Nov. 27, 2012 EST

Pisgah guard Sheridan Pressley shoots over North Buncombe guard Monica Taylor. / John Coutlakis/jcoutlakis@citizen-times.com


Sheridan Pressley is back to run the show once again for the Pisgah girls.

And that's a re-run that no one involved with the Haywood County basketball program is sick of seeing.

Pressley steadied the Black Bears down the stretch Tuesday to win their season opener at North Buncombe, 67-61.

The junior has been a starter since her freshman year and that maturity showed on Tuesday -- Pressley led all scorers with 28 points and hit every one of her 10 free-throw attempts, including four in the final 22.5 seconds to ice the nonconference game.

"To have a three-year starter like Sheridan is such a huge plus," Pisgah coach Brandon Holloway said.

"She's a special player who does a great job directing our team. It's like having another coach on the floor. And I know she's really worked hard in the offseason, so she deserves anything she gets."

Pressley got the full attention of the Black Hawks defense on Tuesday.

She was frequently double-teamed, but wriggled free to score 10 of her points in a seesaw fourth quarter. Pisgah (1-0) led by as many as 14 points and as few as two.

"It's always exciting when you get (double-teamed) because it means the other team expects a lot out of you," Pressley said.

"We played hard tonight and it was a good way to start our season. I'm really confident in this team."

Pressley averaged 14 points, 5.1 assists and 3.3 steals a game for the Black Bears as a sophomore and is one of three returning starters from a 23-4 team. The others are Mariah Lewis and Taylor Galyean.

Lewis (11 points) and Brooklyn Allen (10) joined Pressley in double figures on Tuesday.

The Black Hawks (1-1) were led by Kelsi McHone (23 points), Haley Higgins (15) and Monica Taylor (15).

Tuesday was the home debut for first-year coach Tami Ramsey, who was proud of her team's effort.

North Buncombe fell behind 24-12 after the first quarter and 40-31 at halftime, but kept charging back time and time again.

Taylor's 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter made the score 49-44 entering the fourth.

"We fought hard. (Pisgah) just shot the ball really well tonight," Ramsey said.

"I can always handle a loss if my team gives a great effort and we did that."




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