BOONVILLE, N.C. — It was a good night on the hardwood for the varsity basketball teams with both coming away with road conference victories at Starmount.
Huskies 64, Rams 55
With former coach Marc Payne on the sidelines following Scott Grubb’s resignation earlier in the day, Ashe County was able to hold off a scrappy Starmount team and move to 2-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Junior Colin Ellis led the way with 15 points and senior big man Kendall Richardson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Starmount closed the third quarter on a 14-2 run to cut the Ashe lead to two points at 45-43, setting up an important final eight minutes of play.
Ashe was able to keep a slim lead over the Rams throughout the fourth quarter and slowly pulled away at the end with a great quarter from the charity stripe, hitting 15 of 17 free throws.
Overall, Ashe hit 25-of-32 free throws (78-percent).
Junior Dante Shuler had 11 points and a team-leading three steals. Malachi Poe had eight points, Tristen Jones scored seven, Judd Price added five and Noah Blevins scored three. Sophomore Jarod Carlton who was moved up from the junior varsity team, scored two points, and Dylan Little returned from an ankle injury to hit a free throw.
Starmount’s Andrew Smythers scored 17 points to lead all players. Brandon Prescott scored 15 and Ethan Barnes added eight points.
Ashe is now 3-5 overall and 2-0 in the MVAC with both of those conference wins coming on the road.
The Rams fell to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the MVAC.
Ashe will host Alleghany (4-2, 0-1 MVAC) on Tuesday.
Lady Huskies 39, Starmount 28
Freshman Samantha Woods continues to play some great basketball in her first high school season. She led all scorers with 16 points and was a big part of helping Ashe get its fifth win of the season.
Chloe Sullivan added 10 points, Abby Sullivan scored six points all in the fourth quarter and Savannah Brooks chipped in five points.
Darion Dobson had the high point total for the Rams with nine points. Elizabeth Pozo scored five points, Taylor Wood had four and Maggie Freed scored four points.
Ashe is now 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the MVAC
Starmount remained winless at 0-7 and 0-2 in the MVAC.
The Lady Huskies will host Alleghany (1-5, 0-1 MVAC) on Tuesday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87