WEST JEFFERSON — Junior Dante Shuler’s double-double kept the Huskies close, but it would be a hot-shooting North Surry team that came out on top, 90-82.
Shuler hit 4-of-6 three-point attempts and the Huskies as a team shot 12-of-18 (67-percent) from three-point range.
North Surry had three 20-point scorers that helped propel the Greyhounds to the win. Carter Phillips scored 24, Kendal Tucker had 22 and Luke Cartwright added 20.
Junior point guard Mason Hawks, who was recently offered a scholarship by Lees-McRae College, scored 18 points, dished out a team-high eight assists and collected six steals.
Shuler led Ashe with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Malachi Poe poured in 18 points off the bench, all from three point range (6-of-8 shooting), Judd Price added 17 points, three assists and three steals and Kendall Richardson scored 12 pounds to go along with five rebounds.
Tristen Jones chipped in eight points, Colin Ellis scored three and Noah Blevins scored three to round out the Ashe County point totals.
North Surry shot 57-percent from the field and forced 19 Husky turnovers.
The Huskies fell to 1-4 overall and are on a four-game losing skid after winning the season-opener at home over Bunker Hill. Ashe lost to Hibriten, Watauga and Avery County before Monday night’s setback.
North Surry is 2-1 overall with its other win coming against Bishop McGuinness, 63-46. The Greyhounds lost a heartbreaker to rival Mount Airy by two points, 78-76.
Ashe will return to the court at home on Friday against the rival Pioneers, hoping to avenge last week’s defeat. Watauga is currently 3-2 with both losses coming to the Avery Vikings.
The Greyhounds will host North Rowan on Friday. The Cavaliers are currently 5-0.
The Huskies have bounced back nicely from its first loss of the season last week to Watauga. After beating Avery County on Friday, Ashe took care of business against North Surry, 41-35.
Ethan Cox led the Huskies with nine points. Caleb Harless scored six, Caleb Key added five and Jake Richardson scored five. Branson Shepherd finished with five points, Luke Hudler ended up with four points, Noah Vannoy, Corey Treva and Brian Zheng all added two points apiece and Jarod Carlton hit a free throw.
Ashe is now 6-1 overall.
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