WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County dropped its third straight contest on Tuesday night with a 51-28 defeat at the hands of East Wilkes.
The Lady Cardinals (12-6, 9-2 MVAC) used a tough full-court press for most of the night to frustrate the Lady Huskies and get some easy baskets.
East Wilkes jumped out to a six-point edge at the end of the first at 14-8 and continued to add to the lead in the second quarter, taking a 27-14 halftime advantage.
The Cardinals put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Ashe 16-3 to push the lead up to 26 points.
Alexis Pardue was the top scorer for East with 16 points. Lauren Johnson had a solid shooting night, adding 10 points. Chelsea Edwards chipped in seven points and Ashlyn Nixon added five.
Freshman Samantha Woods led the Lady Huskies with nine points. Chloe Sullivan, Lyndsi Holman and Jayce Miller each added four points. Madison Osborne scored three, Madison Warner added two and Abby Sullivan scored two.
Ashe fell to 10-10 overall and 3-7 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
The Lady Huskies will be back at home on Friday when they host Elkin. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the game as part of the Hoops For Hope campaign to raise awareness and bring hope for a cure for breast cancer.
This year, the proceeds raised from the game will go to the family of Ashe County High School freshman Meaghan Price. Meaghan was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in May of 2014 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Donations are welcome and a 50-50 raffle ticket drawing will take place at halftime of the varsity boys’ game.
The JV Lady Huskies earned its second conference win of the season, beating East Wilkes by a 40-23 score.
Ashe is now 5-14 and 2-8 in conference play. The team will be back on the court on Friday against Elkin. Earlier in the season, Elkin won the first meeting by a 25-19 score.
*As of Feb. 2
1. Elkin: 19-1, 10-1
2. North Wilkes: 19-2, 9-2
3. East Wilkes: 12-6, 9-2
4. Wilkes Central: 14-7, 7-4
5. Ashe County: 10-10, 3-7
6. Starmount: 3-15, 2-7
7. West Wilkes: 4-15, 1-9
8. Alleghany: 4-16, 1-10
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87