Avery withstood a late challenge by the Lady Huskies on Tuesday to hand Ashe a 57-48 defeat.
The Lady Huskies trailed 28-19 at the half, but pulled to within three before Avery hit some shots late in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory.
“I was pleased with our effort and our willingness to compete,” said Head Coach Laura Foster. “Our biggest struggle is putting the ball in the basket. We got good shots, for the most part.”
For the Lady Vikings, Lauren Burleson and Kylie Polsgrove carried the team offensively. The duo each scored 16 points, including 12 of the team’s 16 points in the fourth quarter when the game was at its closest.
Ashe’s Morgan Hudler had a great game at the point guard spot with 16 points, eight assists and three rebounds. Paige Spell added 15 points and six rebounds, Ashton Lee chipped in nine points, all from behind the three-point line, and Hallie Brown had four points, two assists and two rebounds.
Abby Lopp and Savannah Brooks each had two points. Brooks led Ashe with six rebounds and Lopp finished with five boards and two steals.
The Lady Huskies shot just 31-percent from the field and 56-percent from the free throw line.
Ashe will have plenty more challenges coming up with the rest of the non-conference slate of games and in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
“It’s not going to get any easier with North Surry, Mount Airy, Watauga and our conference has some really strong teams,” Coach Foster said. “We will continue to work hard and improve. This is a good group of girls that are willing to do just that.”
Ashe will host North Surry this Friday before having four straight games on the road. The Lady Huskies travel to Hibriten (Nov. 26), North Surry (Dec. 3), Watauga (Dec. 6) and Elkin (Dec.10).