WEST JEFFERSON — It was a balanced scoring attack from Ashe County that helped the team improve to 2-0 with a 40-31 victory over Watauga on Tuesday night.
Ashe may not have had a double-figure scorer, but the Lady Huskies got points from seven different players and saw their defense force 25 turnovers to get the victory.
“I am very proud of our effort. Our display of heart and determination was incredible, we were outsized at almost every position but we outworked and outplayed them. I couldn’t be any prouder,” said Ashe County head coach Laura Foster. “We are very happy to get a win in our home opener. We had great support from our fans.”
Sophomore Sam Woods led Ashe with nine points. She pulled down six rebounds and collected two steals. Senior point guard Chloe Sullivan had eight points, two steals and two assists while freshman Hallie Treva filled up the stat sheet with seven points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Jayce Miller chipped in six points and three rebounds. Abby Sullivan had four points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sydney Kate Grubb had three points, two rebounds and three assists and Olivia Patton rounded out the Ashe scoring with three points.
For Watauga (0-2), Maddisen Robinson led the way with 10 points. Madie Darner scored four, Karson Hamrick scored three, Hannah Marlett added three and Katherine Stapleton scored three points.
Avery 49, Ashe 34
On Wednesday, Ashe suffered their first loss of the season, a 15-point defeat at home against the Lady Vikings.
“We didn’t play with the energy we played with last night against Watauga. Avery outplayed us in every phase. They have a good team and really good guard play. We will continue to work hard to get better,” said Coach Foster.
Avery sophomore Heaven Nelson led all players with 13 points scored. She also had a game-high six rebounds and two assists. Senior Charity Ollis had seven points, four boards and four assists and sophomore Hannah Mcintosh had six points and eight assists.
Woods was once again Ashe’s high scorer with eight points to go with six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Chloe Sullivan had seven points, four rebounds and four assists and Abby Sullivan had five points and two boards.
Grubb finished with three points, Miller had three, Treva scored two, Amber Miller scored two, Lauren Eldreth added two points, Patton scored two, Emma Shepherd scored two points and Gracie Greene added a free throw.
Avery improved to 3-1 overall while Ashe dropped to 2-1.
Friday, Dec. 2 – Ashe at Watauga
Monday, Dec. 5 – Ashe at North Surry
Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Elkin at Ashe
Friday, Dec. 9 – Ashe at West Wilkes
Hopewell 56, Wilkes Central 37 (Nov. 25)
East Wilkes 66, North Stokes 16 (Nov. 25)
Avery 58, D.H. Conley 45 (Nov. 26)
East Wilkes 47, South Iredell 28 (Nov. 28)
Forbush 67, Wilkes Central 60 (Nov. 28)
Alleghany 52, Grayson County (VA) 37 (Nov. 29)
Elkin 55, North Stokes 47 (Nov. 29)
North Wilkes 72, Bishop McGuinness 62 (Nov. 29)
Starmount 45, South Stokes 40 (Nov. 29)
Forbush 64, West Wilkes 35 (Nov. 29)
Wilkes Central 60, Surry Central 57 (Nov. 30)
West Wilkes 44, South Iredell 41 (Nov. 30)
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.