WEST JEFFERSON — In the third and final matchup of the season between Ashe County and Watauga, the Lady Pioneers used a hot-shooting third quarter to beat the Lady Huskies for the first time this season in the championship game of the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic.
Watauga outscored Ashe by a 20-8 margin in the third quarter that turned a slim two-point lead at the half into a 14-point advantage going to the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers had three players reach the double-figure scoring mark. Madie Darner led all players with 15 points. Olivia Williamson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Sydney Farthing scored 11.
Ashe County guard Chloe Sullivan scored 13 points and handed out three assists. Samantha Woods added nine points, five rebounds and three steals. Sydney Kate Grubb scored six points, Savannah Brooks added five, Madison Warner scored three, Amber Miller scored three and Madison Osborne added three. Abby Sullivan and Jayce Miller both scored two points as nine different Lady Husky players hit shots.
Both teams shot 38-percent from the field.
Ashe (7-4, 2-1 MVAC) will jump back into conference play this week with a pair of games. The Lady Huskies will host North Wilkes on Tuesday before ending the week on the road at East Wilkes on Friday.
Watauga (2-9, 0-2) will travel to Freedom in Morganton on Tuesday and host Hibriten on Friday.
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