Huskies split two conference games
Last modified: Dec. 20
Eli Gambill paced Ashe County with 12 points and the Huskies slipped past the Starmount Rams 38-36 on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in West Jefferson.
Three baskets by Gambill and five points by Seth Sheets in the first quarter gave Ashe the early 12-8 lead.
Ashe County's largest lead in the night came early in the second quarter when Gambill dialed in another jumper to make the score 16-10.
Zach Lawrence and Jordan Spell added a basket of their own before the Rams retook the lead just before halftime.
A Luke Shole jumper with less than two to play in the half gave the Rams' their first lead of the night since the early moments of the game.
Ashe would fight back in the third quarter to regain control of the contest, but Starmount was never far behind as the Rams waited for the perfect opportunity to strike back.
Back-to-back baskets by Sheets and Gambill restored the Huskies' delicate advantage and two straight layups by Anderson Moore made the score 34-28.
A Rams' three-quarter quickly trimmed the Huskies' lead back to three heading into the fourth quarter.
Two clutch free-throws by Josh Houser would later tie the score at 36 late in the fourth quarter, but a slicing drive to the basket by Jonathon Cox proved to be the winning basket.
On its final possession, Starmount failed to get a shot up before turning the ball over and forcing the quick foul, effectively killing its already slim hopes of a comeback.
Moore finished with six points on the night and Spell and Cox each added five points.
Cardinals fly past Huskies
For East Wilkes High, Friday's 44-38 win over the Huskies was one almost four years in the making.
The Cardinals had not defeated the Huskies since joining the league in 2009.
The Huskies (2-5, 1-3) have dominated the series, winning both of the yearly showdowns in very convincing fashion.
This changed as the Cardinals controlled the tempo of the game early and thwarted a late rally by Ashe County, which was led by junior Alex Laws.
The rising guard drained a long three-pointer to bring the Huskies back within one late in the fourth quarter.
East Wilkes guarded a 13-8 lead after the first quarter of action. The Huskies got baskets by Lawrence — a three-pointer — and two more by Gambill and Seth Sheets.
Cox and Spell added baskets of their own in the second quarter to complement a layup by Gambill, but the Huskies still trailed 23-17 at the half.
Ashe came within one point midway through the third quarter when Gambill capped off an old fashioned three-point play before Seth Sheets' put back made the score 26-25.
East came out on fire in the fourth quarter when Avery Wallis added a layup and two free throws to propel the Cardinals.
The Huskies would later trim the lead back to five points when Cox banked home a layup with more than four minutes to play.
Another Laws' layup brought Ashe within a bucket of tying the Cardinals late in the game, but the Cardinals would stave off the Huskies' assault by knocking down their free throws to put the game out of reach.
Ashe returned to action this week with a nonconference game in Newland against the Avery Vikings before hitting the road again on Friday to take on the Alleghany Trojans.
Results were unavailable at presstime.