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After an extended Christmas break due to cold weather, the Mt. Pisgah Patriots and Lady Patriots returned to action Monday by splitting a pair of games with visiting Collegedale Academy.
The extra time off might have hurt the Lady Patriots as they dropped a 40-23 decision against the Lady Cougars.
Mt. Pisgah’s boys, however, showed no ill effects of an extra week off as they downed the Cougars, 56-49.
Mt. Pisgah returns to the court tonight (Friday) with a road game at Maryville Apostolic.
The Lady Patriots stayed within striking distance for the better part of three quarters, but they could never get the offense going and that was eventually the story in the 17-point loss.
Mt. Pisgah trailed only 10-7 after eight minutes of play and then Collegedale outscored the Lady Patriots 11-7 in the second quarter to make the score 21-14 at halftime.
The third period would see the game start to get away from Mt. Pisgah. The Lady Patriots scored just five points in the frame as the Lady Cougars took a 31-19 lead into the fourth quarter.
Mt. Pisgah scored just four points down the stretch as Collegedale went on to the 17-point victory.
Morgan Walls led Mt. Pisgah on the night with 11 points.
Mt. Pisgah (23) Bullard 3, Weir 2, Walls 11, Kring 2, Miller 5.
Mt. Pisgah’s balanced attack survived a three-point barrage from Collegedale’s Brady Tull in picking up a 56-49 victory.
While Tull hit a total of seven triples on the evening, the only three-pointers made in the first quarter came from Mt. Pisgah. Samuel Parrott and Mark Ladd each dialed long distance in the frame as the Patriots led 9-4 after eight minutes of play.
Mt. Pisgah seemed ready to deliver an early knockout after a strong second period. The Patriots outscored the Cougars 17-8 in the frame and led 26-12 at halftime.
Ladd led Mt. Pisgah in the second quarter with seven points.
Tull, however, caught fire in the third quarter. He buried three three-pointers and scored 11 points as the Cougars outscored the Patriots 21-10 in the frame to pull within 36-33 entering the fourth quarter.
Parrott scored six of Mt. Pisgah’s points in the third period.
Tull stayed hot in the final period, hitting three more triples, but this time Mt. Pisgah answered the call. Ladd and Parrott combined for 13 points in the final period, including 11 of 12 from the charity stripe as the Patriots held on down the stretch.
Ladd and Parrott scored 19 points each for Mt. Pisgah while Colby Turner added 11.
Tull ended the evening with 25 points.
Mt. Pisgah (56) Weir 2, Parrott 19, Ladd 19, Turner 11, Bonifacius 2, Davis 3.