RONDA — Junior guard Malachi Poe poured in a season-high 29 points to give Ashe County a 79-72 win in a shootout over East Wilkes on Friday night
Poe buried 5-of-8 three-point shots and was 9-of-14 overall from the field.
Fellow junior Judd Price added 12 points and had a team-leading five assists. Dante Shuler dropped in 10 points and added five boards and three steals while senior big man Kendall Richardson just missed another double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Tristen Jones scored six points, Noah Blevins and Colin Ellis each scored four, Grant Thompson added four and Jarod Carlton hit a free throw.
For the Cardinals, senior Andrew Nance scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Junior Joah Logan had 16, senior Camon Bryan had 12 and senior Shareef Ray had 12.
Both teams shot the ball pretty well on the evening with Ashe hitting 48-percent of its shots and East Wilkes hitting 44-percent of its attempts.
The Huskies bounced back from a tough home loss to North Wilkes with its fourth Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win of the season. Ashe is now 6-7 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
East Wilkes suffered its fourth MVAC loss and now sits at 2-9 overall and 0-4 in conference games.
Ashe will have a pair of non-conference games coming up. The Huskies go to Bunker Hill on Tuesday for a varsity-only contest and then host Avery County on Wednesday.
The Cardinals hit the road to Sparta to take on Alleghany on Tuesday.
*As of Jan. 10
1. West Wilkes: 5-7, 3-0 conference
2. Ashe County: 6-7, 4-1 conference
3. North Wilkes: 7-6, 3-1 conference
4. Starmount: 4-8, 2-1 conference
5. Alleghany: 9-4, 2-2 conference
6. Wilkes Central: 4-10, 2-2 conference
7. East Wilkes: 2-9 overall, 0-4 conference
8. Elkin: 1-13 overall, 0-5 conference
The junior varsity boys also bounced back from its first conference loss last week to North Wilkes by hanging on to beat East Wilkes, 37-35.
The Huskies are 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the MVAC.
Ashe will host Avery County on Wednesday and host Wilkes Central on Friday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87