Ashe County saw its season come to an end in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Surry Central, the seventh seed, handed 10th seeded Ashe an 87-53 defeat.
Surry Central jumped ahead 22-9 after the first quarter, and had extended that lead to 15 points by the halftime break.
The Lady Eagles continued pulling away in the second half, taking a 62-36 lead to the fourth quarter on the way to the win.
“Surry Central is a great basketball team. We knew it was a tough draw for us,” said head coach Laura Foster.
Courtney Hegler and Sarah Bruce led the way with 21 points each for Surry Central. Brittany Lewis added 18 points in the winning effort.
Surry Central had beaten several quality teams this year, including Wilkes Central, North Wilkes, Winston-Salem Prep, Mount Airy and East Surry.
“I feel confident saying they would have won our conference,” said Foster.
For Ashe, Paige Spell ended the season on a high note with 21 points, three rebounds and three steals. Morgan Hudler added nine points and three rebounds, Abby Lopp scored eight points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and Emily Flanagan added five points and three boards. Ashton Lee had four points, Hallie Brown added two points, Chelsea Reavis had two points and Victoria Reed rounded out Ashe’s point total with a pair of free throws.
“We played really hard and shot the ball as good as we have all year, we just were overmatched,” said Coach Foster.
Next season, Ashe will have to replace a pair of seniors, Chelsea Reavis and Taylor Price.
“We will miss our seniors,” added Foster. “We look forward to several players returning with varsity experience next season.”
The Lady Huskies finished this season with an overall record of 12-13, and a 10-6 record in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Surry Central advances to the second round where they fill face rival North Surry.