CLAREMONT — The Ashe County Huskies traveled to Bunker Hill on Tuesday for the second of two meetings between the two schools this year. Bunker Hill made the trip to Ashe for the first game of the 2015-16 season in November.
Since this was an Endowment Game, only the varsity teams made the trip.
Bunker Hill 52, Huskies 44
In the men’s game, the Bears avenged its opening game loss to Ashe by holding the Huskies to 31-percent shooting from the field and just 19-percent fro three-point territory (4-of-21).
Junior Tristen Jones led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding with 11 points and seven rebounds. Colin Ellis finished the game with 10 points and five boards and Caleb Key had his best varsity game of the year, adding eight points off the bench. Malachi Poe ended up with seven points and Dylan Little chipped in two points.
Bunker Hill did a great job on defense against Ashe’s top three scorers. The Bears held Judd Price to three points, Dante Shuler to two points and Kendall Richardson to just one point.
The Huskies fell to 6-8 overall while the Bears improved to 6-9.
Ashe will finish the week back in conference play at home against Wilkes Central.
Lady Huskies 60, Bunker Hill 44
The Lady Huskies snapped a brief three-game losing skid on the road Tuesday night, beating the Bears by 16.
Ashe held a nine-point halftime advantage, but blew the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring Bunker Hill by a 22-10 margin to hold a commanding 21-point lead going to the fourth quarter. The Bears knocked a few points off the Ashe lead, but never threatened a comeback.
Ashe saw its record improve to 8-6 overall while Bunker Hill fell to 3-12.
Next up for the Lady Huskies is a date with the reigning NCHSAA 2A State Champions on Friday night at Ashe County High School. Wilkes Central is currently 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. Central finished last year with a 26-4 record and defeated Kinston in the 2A championship game by three points.
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