MILLERS CREEK — Ashe County traveled off the mountain to take on West Wilkes on Tuesday, wrapping up the first half of conference play.
Lady Huskies 39, West Wilkes 35
A big second quarter turned out to be the difference in the ball game with the Lady Huskies hanging on for a four-point win.
Ashe outscored West Wilkes, 19-4 in the second quarter, turning a nine-point deficit into a six-point halftime advantage.
Samantha Woods’ 16 points paced the Lady Huskies. Chloe Sullivan chipped in seven points, Savannah Brooks scored six, Sydney Kate Grubb added four and Amber Miller scored three. Madison Warner hit a basket for two points and Madison Osborne hit a free throw.
For West Wilkes, Elizabeth Huffman was the high scorer with 10 points. MaKayla Bumgarner and Emily Bumgarner each added eight points and Cassie Burdiss scored five.
The Lady Huskies saw its record improve to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. West Wilkes dropped to 4-12 and 1-6 in the MVAC.
West Wilkes 67, Huskies 64
Ashe had three double-figure scorers, but it was not enough to hold off a strong second half effort from West Wilkes.
The Huskies led at the half and led by one going to the fourth, but each time Ashe tried to pull away, the Blackhawks kept it close until they ended up taking a lead and hanging on for a much-needed win.
Alex Greer had a terrific game, scoring 31 points, including 18 of those in the second half. Zach Church added 10 points and Cole Skabo scored nine.
Dante Shuler recorded 13 points, five rebounds and three steals to lead the Huskies. Malachi Poe had 11 points and Judd Price was one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
Junior Colin Ellis added eight points, Tristen Jones got seven, Kendall Richardson scored six, Dylan Little added four, Grant Thompson scored three and Noah Blevins rounded out the scoring with two points.
Ashe had a bit of an off night shooting the ball, hitting just 34-percent of its shots overall and 22-percent (5-of-23) from three-point range.
The Huskies dropped to 7-10 overall and 5-2 in the MVAC while West Wilkes moved to 6-10 overall and 4-3 in the MVAC.
Women’s MVAC standings
*As of Jan. 19
1. Elkin: 15-1, 6-1
2. East Wilkes: 8-5, 6-1
3. North Wilkes: 16-1, 6-1
4. Wilkes Central: 11-6, 4-3
5. Ashe County: 10-7, 3-4
6. Starmount: 2-13, 1-5
7. West Wilkes: 4-12, 1-6
8. Alleghany: 3-12, 0-6
Men’s MVAC standings
*As of Jan. 19
1. Starmount: 8-8, 6-1
2. North Wilkes: 10-7, 5-2
3. Ashe County: 7-10, 5-2
4. Alleghany: 11-5, 4-3
5. West Wilkes: 6-10, 4-3
6. Wilkes Central: 4-12, 2-4
7. East Wilkes: 3-11, 1-6
8. Elkin: 1-14, 0-6
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87