North Buncombe seniors Haley Higgins and Kelsi McHone know that this basketball season will bring about the inevitable.
Some day in 2014 will be their last as teammates for the Black Hawks.
“I try not to think about it,” McHone said.
“We make each other better, and we’ve had a lot of fun.”
It’s been a fun ride, and a long one at that.
Higgins and McHone are each four-year players at the varsity level, which means the duo has been together for 91 games so far. Even as freshmen, Higgins and McHone were frequently among the leading scorers for North Buncombe during the 2010-11 season.
Both were All-Mountain Athletic Conference selections for last winter’s 11-14 team. The Black Hawks are off to a 6-4 start this season after Friday’s 67-45 nonconference win over Mitchell.
“We’re just working on doing the little things better one game at a time,” Higgins said.
“We want to try and make it the best season we can.”
Higgins, who is a guard, and McHone, a forward, have each scored more than 1,000 career points.
Higgins is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game this season, followed by McHone (13.2). The two are tied for the Black Hawks’ lead in assists with 3.9 per game.
McHone also rips down an average of 8.7 rebounds, followed by Jackie Rigsby (6.4 rpg.), Higgins (4.0 rpg.) and Sabrina Crain (3.9 rpg.). Finally, Higgins averages 2.9 steals per game and is followed in that statistical category by McHone (2.6 spg.), Chance Brown (2.6 spg.) and Maite Gonzalez (2.0 spg.).
Gonzalez, Higgins, McHone, Whitney Roberts and Monica Taylor are the team’s five seniors. Taylor has signed to play softball for UNC Wilmington. None of the other seniors have made college commitments yet.
North Buncombe lost its MAC opener on Dec. 20 at McDowell, 87-61, and returns to conference play Friday against Enka.
“We didn’t start out so great,” McHone said.
“But I feel like the team is coming together.”