WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County let a double-digit lead slip away, but came up big when it counted the most to score a 45-41 overtime victory.
Freshman Samantha Woods scored a game-high 23 points including a pair of clutch free throws in the overtime period to seal the win for Ashe.
Ashe played a solid first half, holding a 32-20 lead over Watauga. Woods scored 18 in the first half and Chloe Sullivan had seven.
In the third quarter, the Watauga defense came to life and held Ashe to seven points in the third to trail by 10 going to the fourth at 37-27.
The Lady Pioneers kept chipping away at the Ashe lead in the fourth. Sydney Farthing hit a layup and buried a three-point shot and Katherine Stapleton scored twice close to the basket that would tie the game.
Sullivan launched a three-pointer at the buzzer that nearly banked in.
In OT, the Lady Huskies struck first with a layup from senior Savannah Brooks, who was playing in her first home game of the year after returning from injury.
Madie Darner scored for Watauga to tie things at 41-41.
Neither team hit a shot from the floor the rest of the way, but Ashe would get a pair of big free throw makes from Woods and Sullivan that were the winning scores in the end.
Ashe improved to 4-3 overall while Watauga is still searching for its first win of the season, sitting at 0-7.
The Lady Huskies will travel to Starmount on Friday for the team’s second Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game of the season.
On Wednesday, Elkin handed Ashe a 61-28 defeat. Sullivan led Ashe with nine points. Sydney Kate Grubb had six, Woods had five and Amber Miller added five.
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