WEST JEFFERSON — Four Ashe County players reached double-figures, helping the Huskies complete the regular season sweep of Starmount on Wednesday night with a 60-51 victory.
The Rams have just two Mountain Valley Athletic Conference losses with both of those coming to the Huskies.
It was a nice bounce back for Ashe after dropping a tough game at the buzzer to East Wilkes the day before.
“I thought we were much more patient on offense and were able to get good shots,” said Ashe County head coach Nathan Colvard.
Defensively, the Huskies had to deal with Kyler Gregory who poured in 28 points to lead all scorers. However, he did not get a lot of help offensively, especially outside of the paint.
“We played zone because we had some matchup problems,” said Colvard. “Luckily, they didn’t shoot very well.”
Brandon Prescott was the Rams’ next highest scorer with seven points. Brendon Eads added five, Andrew Smythers scored four, Ethan Barnes scored four and Griffin Cass added three.
Dante Shuler moved back into the starting lineup in this contest and responded with a team-high 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Judd Price helped out in the win with 14 points, including hitting 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Kendall Richardson ended up with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Malachi Poe scored 10 points off the bench.
Sophomore Caleb Key added four points and played some key minutes down the stretch in the second half. Colin Ellis scored three, Noah Blevins chipped in two and Tristen Jones had two.
“We’re deep and I feel comfortable with all our guys,” said Colvard. “It’s hard to play 11 people, but they all have to be ready when their number is called.”
Ashe 92, Elkin 60
For the second time this season, the Huskies had no problem with the Elkin Buckin’ Elks, setting a season-high in points while cruising to a 32-point victory.
Ashe had five players in double figures, including a season-high 15 points from junior forward Tristen Jones. Jones was a rebound shy of a double-double, pulling down nine boards in the win.
Price finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Shuler added 13 points, six boards and two assists, Richardson had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals and sophomore Grant Thompson had his best game of the year with 11 points off the bench.
Ellis scored seven, Key had six, Jarod Carlton added five, Poe had five, Dylan Little scored four and Blevins finished with two.
Trevor Nance led the Elks with 12 points. Tyler Cockerham scored eight and Corey Wiles scored eight points, all in the fourth quarter. Beau Burgess added seven, Kendall Freeman had five and Tristan Shears scored five.
The Huskies are 10-12 overall and 8-4 in the MVAC.
The struggles continued for Elkin as they dropped to 1-20 overall and 0-12 in MVAC play.
*As of Feb. 5
1. North Wilkes: 15-7, 10-2
2. Starmount: 12-9, 10-2
3. Ashe County: 10-12, 8-4
4. Alleghany: 13-8, 6-6
5. West Wilkes: 7-14, 5-7
6. East Wilkes: 7-15, 5-7
7. Wilkes Central: 7-13, 4-8
8. Elkin: 1-20, 0-12
The junior varsity boys are closing in on yet another Mountain Valley Athletic Conference championship.
Ashe moved to 15-3 and 11-1 overall with two games left after a pair of victories over Starmount and Elkin
The Huskies beat Starmount, 45-28 with some balanced scoring all around. Alec Roland and Ethan Cox both led the team with eight points. Jake Richardson scored seven, Caleb Harless had six and Branson Shepherd added six. Brian Zheng scored four, Luke Hudler had two, Corey Treva scored two and Noah Vannoy had two.
On Friday, Ashe followed that performance up with an impressive 49-24 win over Elkin. Roland poured in 17 points with four makes from three-point range. Vannoy scored nine points, Richardson scored five, Cox had four, Shepherd had four and Dylan Calhoun scored four. Zheng, Treva and Hudler scored two points each and Harless rounded out the scoring with a free throw.
Ashe will wrap up the season at Wilkes Central on Tuesday and at home against West Wilkes on Friday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87