WEST JEFFERSON — Freshman Samantha Woods scored a career-high 24 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had a team-high five steals to lead the Lady Huskies to a 51-48 win over Avery County on Wednesday.
Woods hit 5-of-10 shots from three-point range and was Ashe’s only double-figure scorer. Chloe Sullivan scored eight points and led the team with six assists. Madison Warner scored seven, Savannah Brooks added four, Madison Osborne scored three, Sydney Kate Grubb scored three and Jayce Miller rounded out the scores with two points.
For Avery, freshman Heaven Nelson scored 11 points to lead the Lady Vikings. Jessica Hoilman scored 10, McKenzie Franklin chipped in nine and Kesha Garland scored eight.
Ashe County’s defense was strong throughout the evening, forcing 21 Lady Viking turnovers.
Avery dropped to 9-8 overall while Ashe used this win to jump to 9-6.
Wilkes Central 46, Ashe 42 OT
On Friday night, Ashe got back into Mountain Valley Athletic Conference play against defending 2A state champion Wilkes Central.
The game was close down the stretch and eventually needed an overtime period to settle the game. Unfortunately for Ashe, it was Wilkes Central that outscored the Lady Huskies by a 10-6 margin in overtime to get the win.
After being shutout in the first quarter, Kamre Gibbs scored 18 points for Wilkes Central to lead the way. Brooke Bentley and Jade Duncan each added seven points.
Woods led Ashe with 18 points. Brooks and Grubb both scored five points, Warner chipped in four and Sullivan was held to three points. Amber Miller scored three, Osborne had two and Abby Sullivan scored two points.
The Lady Huskies wrapped up the week at 9-7 overall and 2-4 in the MVAC.
Wilkes Central improved to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in conference.
Ashe travels to West Wilkes on Tuesday and to Alleghany on Friday.
*As of Jan. 15
1. East Wilkes: 8-4, 6-0 conference
2. North Wilkes: 14-1, 5-1 conference
3. Elkin: 14-1, 5-1 conference
4. Wilkes Central: 11-5, 4-2 conference
5. Ashe County: 9-7, 2-4 conference
6. Starmount: 2-13, 1-5 conference
7. West Wilkes: 4-11, 1-5 conference
8. Alleghany: 3-12, 0-6 conference
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87