Coming off of a rousing scrimmage against cross-county rival Tuscola, the Pisgah girls basketball team is ready to kick off its regular season at Owen High School.

The Tuscola scrimmage gave head coach Brandon Holloway a good chance to get a look at how his young team can play together, and he said in the last week or so, the players have taken even more strides toward building that crucial chemistry.

“It’s been actually nice,” Holloway said. “We had a good week this week. We’re starting to get a little more time in the gym, and with volleyball finishing up and the girls being able to get their legs back.”

“With this young group, I think they’re starting to pick up the offense and learning where they need to be defensively,” he added.

However, while Holloway said his players are in good shape, he did lament the fact that they weren’t able to get into the weight room during the offseason, especially considering much of the work done in there is with the goal of preventing injuries during the season.

While Holloway said it was difficult to scout the Warhorses, he was able to provide some insight into how they play.

“In the little short time we’ve had to evaluate them, we’ve seen that they do have a lot of good perimeter players that shoot the ball really well,” he said. “It will be a key for us to run them off the line and force them to beat us off the dribble.”

Holloway said that contesting shots will be crucial, but so will protecting the boards, as well as picking up the pace.

“For us it goes back to our biggest concern, which is running in transition,” he said. “We didn’t play the temp I wanted us to during the scrim so hopefully we’ll see a big tempo improvement Friday.”

For Holloway, the contest against Owen brings back memories of a fond rivalry that developed between the two schools when they were in the same conference.

“It didn’t matter what sport it was football, basketball, softball, there was a lot of fun, a lot of competitive games,” he said. “The last few years, we’ve gotten away from that contest due to scheduling and different conference alignments, and with this crazy schedule this year, we’re able to get back and get a game with them.”

While there was originally also a game scheduled Saturday against Mountain Heritage, that game was postponed because that team is in COVID-19 quarantine. Tipoff against Owen is set for Friday at 6 p.m. and can be streamed on the Pisgah Athletics YouTube channel.

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