The Pisgah girls basketball team started its new season the way it ended last season — with a victory.
The two-time defending Class 3A state champion Eagles opened the 2019-20 campaign with a 71-61 win over visiting 2A power Sand Rock Tuesday night.
“We played a solid game,” said Pisgah head coach Carey Ellison, “but there is a lot of work to be done.”
The victory was Pisgah’s 19 straight dating back to last season. The Eagles are now 66-2 dating back to the start of the 2017-18 season and have not lost to a team from the state of Alabama since falling to Locust Fork in the 2016-17 Class 3A state championship game.
Pisgah, which is replacing a trio of starters that included Alabama Miss Basketball and current Auburn guard Annie Hughes, got a balanced scoring attack in Tuesday’s win as five players scored in double figures.
Molly Heard had a team-high 15 points while Chloe Womack totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Madison Myers recorded 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five steals. The Eagles also got 11 points each from Layla Hatfield and Kallie Tinker.
Pisgah (1-0) built a 26-14 lead after one quarter and led 49-31 at halftime before Sand Rock (1-1) pulled within 56-47 after three quarters.
Caley Garrett led Sand Rock with 17 points while Kynleigh Chestnut netted 13 and Lanie Henderson added 12.
Skyline 72, Oakwood Adventist 12 — At Skyline, the Vikings raced out to a 21-point lead after one quarter and cruised to the victory.
Skyline (3-0) led 24-3, 43-5 and 65-10 at the quarter breaks.
Bailee Usrey led the Vikings with 18 points while Gracie Stucky had 13, Aidan Bellomy 13 and Allie McAllister six.
Sylvania 58, NSM 49 — At Higdon, new NSM head coach Jeremiah Haynes’ alma mater spoiled his debut as the Bison’s coach.
NSM (0-1) trailed 19-10, 29-17 and 45-29 at the quarter breaks.
Vicky Hassell scored a game-high 24 points for NSM while Jessi Weldon netted 11 and Kolbie Bobo added six.
Kenadie Lee scored 15 points and Leianna Currie added 11 for Sylvania (1-0).
Brindlee Mountain 50, Woodville 33 — At Scant City, host Brindlee Mountain pulled away late to defeat the Panthers.
The game was tied 12-all after one quarter, and Woodville (0-2) trailed 25-21 at halftime and 33-26 after three quarters.
Lizzie Torres scored 14 points for the Panthers while Jordyn Cosby netted 11 and Tia Edwards had six. Chantzley Kirkland scored 15 points for Brindlee Mountain (2-2).
Fort Payne 61, North Jackson 35 — At Stevenson, visiting Fort Payne pulled away in the second half after the game was tied at halftime.
North Jackson (0-2) led 16-9 after one quarter before Fort Payne rallied to tie the score at 22-all at halftime. Fort Payne (1-0) moved in front 37-27 after three quarters before outscoring the Chiefs 24-8 in the final frame.
Alexis Moore led North Jackson with eight points while Sarah Morgan and Arielle Haynes both had six and Paige Dunn had five.
Kylie Neil scored 14 points and Isabelle Goggans added 13 for Fort Payne.
Section 35, Woodville 28 — At Woodville, Section rallied from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Panthers.
The game was tied 8-all after one quarter, but Section (4-1) held Woodville (0-1) scoreless in the second quarter and led 17-8 at halftime. The Lions led 21-19 entering the fourth.
Haley Smart scored a game-high 15 points for Section while Jennifer Vega added seven and Savannah White had six.
Jordyn Cosby led Woodville with 10 points while Kayla Thompson, Tia Edwards and Courtney Williams had six points each.