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Avery girls trip Huskies

Originally published: Dec. 18
Last modified: Dec. 18

Jamie Shell

NEWLAND — Having seen Avery in Jefferson at the beginning of the season, Ashe head coach Laura Foster knew that her Huskies would need to shoot the basketball well and handle Avery’s full-court-pressing defense to pull off a road victory.

Ashe rallied in the first half to draw within four points at halftime, but was outscored 26-19 in the second half and fell to the Vikings 50-39.

Avery (8-3) scored the first nine points of the game on a pair of 3-pointers by guard Bre Heaton and a 3-pointer by teammate Katie Rigdon before an Ashe timeout slowed momentum.

Midway through the period, the game was temporarily stopped when Avery forward Lauren Burleson eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

For a period of more than nine minutes, the Huskies held Avery to only nine points. Ashe sophomore forward Savannah Brooks sparked the Huskies’ offensive rally by scoring four baskets for eight points in the first half while battling against the tall Avery frontline.

Ashe (3-6) trailed 14-6 after one quarter, but cut the deficit with the help of 3-pointers from Paige Spell and Ashton Lee. A 10-4 Ashe run in the final 3:06 of the first half drew the Huskies to within 24-20 at halftime.

Avery gained control in the second half. Burleson drained a pair of 3-point baskets and Heaton added her third 3-pointer to stretch the Vikings’ lead to 31-22 midway through the third quarter.

Ashe managed just seven made field goals in the entire second half. The Huskies also shot only two free throws during that same span.

Avery extended its lead to double figures late in the third quarter and led 41-27 after three quarters. Lee and Morgan Hudler each connected on 3-pointers in the final quarter, but the effort was not enough to overcome the Vikings’ lead.

Spell was Ashe’s only player scoring double figures with 11 points. Brooks added eight points, with six from Lee and five points apiece from Hudler and Sydney Kate Grubb.

Avery’s Burleson led all scorers with a game-high 17 points, with 14 points from Heaton and 12 points off the bench from Kylie Polsgrove.


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