WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County remained unbeaten in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference and interim head coach Nathan Colvard got his first varsity victory on Friday, 57-45 over Alleghany.
The Huskies used a big second quarter to overcome a slim two-point deficit after the first quarter, and never looked back.
Ashe (4-5, 3-0 MVAC) held a 27-19 lead at the half, but Alleghany (4-3, 0-2 MVAC) did chip into the lead a bit in the third quarter to trail by just six going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, the Huskies were able to clinch the win by hitting 9-of-13 free throws.
Junior Dante Shuler led all players with 17 points that included three makes from behind the three-point arc. Judd Price scored 16 points and led the team with seven rebounds and two assists. Malachi Poe scored seven, Colin Ellis had four and Tristen Jones scored four. Kendall Richardson chipped in four points, Dylan Little had two and Jarod Carlton added a layup.
Lucas Rife paced Alleghany with 10 points. Hunter Todd and Avery Hash both scored nine points, Austin Hawkins had seven and Tyler Hanks had five.
To say it was a tough few days for the varsity men’s team would be an understatement with the resignation of former coach Scott Grubb prior to the Starmount game. However, the resilient Huskies have battled through it all and earned a pair of MVAC victories.
“It was just a difficult week. I love Coach Grubb and appreciate everything he’s done for me,” said Colvard. “It was a bad situation, but I was proud of the guys for playing hard.”
The scrappy Alleghany squad kept the game close until Hash fouled out of the contest in the fourth quarter. After that, Alleghany’s offense could not get anything going.
“It was a tough, close game, but they (Ashe) battled the whole time. We’re just going to keep working hard and trying to get better,” Colvard said.
The Huskies will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday in the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87