Lady Huskies 34, Watauga 23
BOONE – The young Lady Huskies added its third win of the season on Thursday night, getting a road victory over rival Watauga.
Freshman Samantha Woods scored a game-high 13 points while adding five rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Madison Osborne had her best game of the young season with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Both Woods and Osborne combined to hit five three-point baskets.
Chloe Sullivan had six points and five boards and Abby Sullivan added four points and pulled down three rebounds. Freshman Madison Warner failed to score, but led Ashe with six rebounds and three assists.
For Watauga, Katherine Stapleton and Sydney Farthing led the team with six points each.
Avery County 48, Lady Huskies 25
NEWLAND – Avery freshman Heaven Nelson scored 15 points, snagged five rebounds and added three assists and three steals to help the Lady Vikings give Ashe its first loss of the season.
Fellow freshman Hannah Mcintosh scored nine points senior Jessica Hoilman had eight in the victory.
Ashe fell to 3-1 overall while Avery improved to 3-3.
The Lady Huskies will open Mountain Valley Athletic Conference play this week at Elkin on Tuesday. Ashe returns home on Friday to take on Watauga.
Watauga 69, Huskies 34
BOONE — A strong first half for the Watauga Pioneers put Ashe in a deep hole they could never recover from.
Watauga scored 21 in the first and 13 in the second to take a 34-19 lead and added on to that in the second half.
Seniors Aaron Dobbins and Caleb Bryson each scored 17 points and senior guard Nick Sherman added 13 to pave the way for the Pioneer win.
Junior Dante Shuler was the high scorer for Ashe with 10 points. Judd Price scored seven and dished out four assists, Malachi Poe had five and Noah Blevins scored three. Tristen Jones, Grant Thompson, Kris Lonidier and Kendall Richardson all scored two points and Colin Ellis hit a free throw.
Ashe struggled shooting the ball, hitting just 28-percent of its shots.
The Pioneers improved to 3-1 overall.
Avery County 54, Huskies 53
NEWLAND – The Huskies nearly pulled off a huge road win against one of the best 1A teams in the state, but came up just a point short.
Ashe was up five points at the half, 25-20 and held a 37-33 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Avery rallied strong behind leading scorer Jeffrey Pucket. The junior poured in 19 points and helped lead the Viking rally for the win.
The Huskies held a lead until 16 seconds left when Luke Crowe scored inside to give the Vikings a one-point lead.
A half-court heave from Shuler was no good.
The Huskies dropped its third straight game to fall to 1-3
Avery remained unbeaten with a 5-0 mark.
The Huskies got three solid performances from Poe, Ellis and Richardson. Poe and Ellis both had their best scoring games of the season with 13 apiece. Richardson scored 10 points and had a team-leading seven rebounds.
Shuler finished the contest with six points, Tristen Jones scored six and Judd Price added five points.
Ashe will travel to Elkin on Tuesday and return home on Friday to rematch the rival Pioneers.
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