SPARTA — It was a tough week of hoops for the Ashe County Lady Huskies, losing a pair of road contests at Alleghany and at North Wilkes.
Alleghany 40, Ashe 32
Ashe County battled hard to overcome a rough shooting night, but Alleghany was able to hold off the Lady Huskies for its first Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win of the season.
Alexis Hoopers scored 10 points, Kenzie Adkins added eight and Meghan Lyall scored seven to pace the Lady Trojans.
For Ashe, Samantha Woods was the team’s lone double-figure scorer with 13 points. The freshman also added a team-high five steals. Chloe Sullivan added six points and three steals, Abby Sullivan scored four points, Lyndsi Holman had four points and four rebounds, Jayce Miller had two points, Savannah Brooks added two points and Sydney Kate Grubb hit a free throw.
The Lady Huskies shot 20-percent from the field and hit only one three point shot from the floor.
Alleghany did not shoot much better though, hitting only 29-percent of its shots, but adding four three-point makes helped the team down the stretch.
North Wilkes 54, Ashe 38
The Lady Vikings entered play in a tie for first place in the MVAC and was able to hold on to the top spot with its victory over Ashe on Friday night.
Early on it was Ashe that looked like they were ready to pull off an upset against the 19-1 North Wilkes squad. Ashe held a 20-17 halftime lead.
North Wilkes came to life in a big way in the third, outscoring Ashe 27-4 to take a commanding 44-24 lead going to the fourth.
Sullivan poured in 18 points for Ashe to lead the team.
Emily Phillips paced the Lady Vikings with 19 points and Allison Livengood added 11.
*As of Jan. 30
1. North Wilkes: 19-1, 9-1
2. Elkin: 18-1, 9-1
3. East Wilkes: 10-6, 8-2
4. Wilkes Central: 13-7, 6-4
5. Ashe County: 10-9, 3-6
6. Starmount: 3-15, 2-7
7. West Wilkes: 4-15, 1-9
8. Alleghany: 4-15, 1-9
Hoops For Hope
This coming Friday night, Ashe will face another stiff challenge with Elkin making the trip up the mountain. However, it’s hard to find a tougher challenge anywhere in life than someone having to battle cancer.
For this game, fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the Hoops For Hope effort to bring awareness to breast cancer and share hope that a cure will be found.
This year, the proceeds raised from the game will go to the family of Ashe County High School freshman Meaghan Price. Meaghan was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in May of 2014 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Donations are welcome and a 50-50 raffle ticket drawing will take place at halftime of the varsity boys’ game.
Games begin at 4 p.m. with the junior varsity girls taking the floor.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87