By Carey Phillips
Pisgah pulled away down the stretch Saturday to claim a 50-39 Mountain Six Conference women’s basketball victory over Smoky Mountain at Canton.
Cristina De Sivatte scored 16 points for the Sugar Bears.
Kennedy Stewman had 10 points for the Lady Mustangs (2-5, 2-3).
“We worked hard,” Coach Ollin Dunford said. “We fought hard to get back in the game. We seem to run out of gas, and the mistakes came back.
“We don’t have a lot of game experience,” he added. “We’ve just got to learn to overcome things. We implement our plays, but we just don’t hit the shot.”
SM trailed 35-30 when Macy Wike hit a three-pointer to open the fourth quarter.
Pisgah scored 13 unanswered points, including four apiece by De Sivatte and Dot Mills, for a 48-30 lead on Morgan Putnam’s two free throws at the 1:33 mark.
The Lady Mustangs never led, and the only tie was 3-3 on Natalie Parris’ three-pointer with 5:55 to go in the opening period.
De Sivatte’s three-point play with 4:36 on the clock put the Sugar Bears ahead to stay, 6-3, and they led 8-4 at the quarter break.
Nine straight points, including four by Ashtyn Frady, made it 23-8 on De Sivatte’s driving layup with 42 seconds left in the half, which ended 23-12.
SM cut the gap to 29-23 with two minutes remaining in the third period after consecutive baskets by Greenlee Flynn.
Pisgah was up 35-27 entering the fourth quarter.
Stewman made three field goals, including two three-pointers, and was two of two from the line.
Parris and Xaila Spencer both added six points, Flynn netted four, Wike, Aiden Nicholson and Hannah Huddleston all scored three, and Allison Macke and Addison Buchanan both had two.
Wike had 11 rebounds and four steals.
The Lady Mustang JVs fell to 0-5 as Vivian Bell scored 11 points.
The Sugar Bears led at quarter breaks by scores of 13-11, 31-19 and 43-19.
Coach Jason Melvin said the game turned early in the second period when Alisha Hall was injured and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. She sustained a cut on her head and a concussion.
“We were playing an absolute great game,” he said. “Everyone was hustling, defensively we were playing hard and we were knocking down shots. We were doing everything we needed to do to stay in the game.
“After (the injury) our team was a little shocked,” he said. “Alisha is one of our main ball-handlers and leading scorers, and losing her for the game was a big loss.”