The Pisgah varsity girls basketball team’s winning streak came to an end over the holidays.
The two-time defending Class 3A state champion lost 48-41 to Bishop Eustace Prep School of New Jersey in the KSA Events Holiday Basketball Tournament’s Purple Bracket at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Monday.
The loss dropped Pisgah to 81-3 since the start of the 2017-18 season. All three losses were against out-of-state opponents. Pisgah had won 34 straight games dating back to a holiday tournament loss in December 2018.
Pisgah (16-1) trailed 16-14 after one quarter before moving in front 26-24 at halftime. But Bishop Eustace Prep held the Eagles to only 15 second-half points, moving in front 39-34 after three quarters before clinching the win.
“Tough loss against a big, physical team,” said Pisgah head coach Carey Ellison. “Had a chance but was not able to make plays.”
Molly Heard had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for Pisgah while Kallie Tinker had 11 points and two assists, Chloe Womack had nine points and seven rebounds and Madison Myers had seven points and two assists.
The Eagles opened the tournament with a 68-33 quarterfinal win over Taft (Ohio). Pisgah raced out to a 27-4 lead after one quarter and led 38-17 at halftime and 66-28 after three quarters.
Heard recorded 21 points, four steals and three blocked shots while Layla Hatfield had 12 points and three assists, Myers had 11 points, five assists and six rebounds, Womack had 11 points and five steals, Tinker had seven points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists and Kennedy Barron had four points and 10 rebounds.
Pisgah defeated Horace Mann (New York) 60-55 in the semifinals. The Eagles led 16-10, 26-25 and 45-32 at the quarter breaks.
Heard closed with 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals and Hatfield had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Eagles, who also got 11 points, 12 rebounds and three steals from Womack, eight points from Kallie Tinker and seven points, five rebounds and four assists from Myers.
Scottsboro finishes second in tournament — At Scottsboro, the Wildcats posted a runner-up finish in the Don Webb Sr. Classic.
Scottsboro fell to Class 6A No. 6-ranked Albertville 59-45 in the championship game.
Scottsboro (9-8) trailed 18-9, 42-18 and 51-31 at the quarter breaks. Carley Bell led the Wildcats with 11 points while Kami Willis and Audrey Holland both had nine, Olivia Tubbs had seven and Lexi Bennett had four. Hannah Sanders and Jayden Watkins had 19 and 10 points respectively for Albertville (13-2).
Scottsboro opened the tournament with a 60-17 win over Randolph. Bell finished with 19 points while Willis and Ella Lee had nine each, Jadaya Edmondson had six and Bennett and Holland had five apiece.
The Wildcats then posted a 43-35 semifinal win over Jasper. Scottsboro trailed 26-14 at halftime, but it rallied to tie the game 28-all after three quarters before outscoring the Vikings 15-7 in the fourth quarter. Bell netted 21 points for Scottsboro while Allie Scott had seven, Holland five and Tubbs four.
North Jackson wins two in Asbury tournament — At Asbury, the Chiefs posted wins over Douglas and Asbury during the Asbury Christmas Tournament.
The Chiefs recorded an 82-68 win over Douglas. After trailing 16-12 after one quarter, the Chiefs moved in front 35-31 at halftime before outscoring the Eagles 32-15 in the third quarter to carry a 67-46 lead into the fourth. Alexis Moore scored 25 points and Hadley Burnette netted 22 for the Chiefs, who also got 16 from Summer Varnum, eight from Sarah Morgan, six from Sarah Garner, four each from Delana Pierce and Tyra Smith and three from Paige Dunn.
North Jackson led Asbury 8-4, 20-19 and 40-34 on the way to posting a 59-50 victory over the Rams. Morgan scored 22 points for the Chiefs while Burnette and Moore both had 13 and Varnum had eight.
Woodville goes 1-2 at holiday tournament — At Waterloo, the Woodville girls basketball team posted a 1-2 record in the Waterloo Christmas Tournament.
Woodville opened the tournament with a 45-35 loss to Waterloo. The Panthers led 24-20 at halftime, but the host team was in front 30-26 entering the fourth quarter. Tia Edwards led Woodville with 13 points while Jessica Sirten added eight.
After falling 56-26 to Vina in Game 2, Woodville (4-10) closed the round-robin format tournament with a 45-21 win over Cherokee. The Panthers led 10-4, 23-11 and 30-15 at the quarter breaks. Sirten scored 15 points while Courtney Williams netted nine and Lizzie Torres, Tia Edwards and Kayla Thompson had six each.