Smoky Mountain’s bigger gym still wasn’t big enough Friday night.
The 1,500-seat venue, in its first season of existence for basketball, filled up quick for a couple games to decide first place in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.
Randolph (Va.) recruit Spencer Norris and the Mustangs boys pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 72-62 win over Pisgah in the nightcap.
Norris poured in a game-high 23 points and snagged 10 rebounds as well. Bret Baldwin (22 points) wasn’t far behind, scoring-wise. Cal Raleigh netted nine points, while Jayce Wolfe added eight points as equally as many assists.
The Mustangs (13-1, 6-0) are undefeated with Wolfe in their lineup this season – the junior dealt with an early shoulder injury that had lingered from football.
Smoky Mountain is now a combined 41-2 in games played the past two years and all alone atop the current WNCAC standings.
Pisgah (10-5, 5-1) and Thomas Tatham (27 points) trailed 44-43 entering the fourth quarter. Cole Anderson also had 14 points.
Brooklyn Allen and the undefeated Black Bears girls (15-0, 6-0) turned Friday’s 36-21 halftime lead into a comfortable 65-56 road win earlier in Sylva.
Allen led three Pisgah players in double figures with 31 points. Maddie Webb added 15 and Sydney Singleton had 12.
Kaitlyn Wood matched Aaliyah McCollum with 13 points for Smoky Mountain (12-2, 5-1). Jhimya McCollum scored 12 and Taryn Ledford had 10.
Both Pisgah teams won sectional championships in 2014, as did the Smoky Mountain boys.
The two schools are scheduled to play again Feb. 6 in Canton.