Huskies win first game of Grubb era
Last modified: Nov. 30
An ill-timed technical foul against an Avery County High defender late in the fourth quarter solidified a 40-35 win for the Ashe County Huskies Tuesday night in West Jefferson.
Leading 33-30 with just over two minutes to play, a push off by an Ashe County guard in the backcourt resulted in a quick whistle from the official for an offensive foul, but a technical for taunting against the Vikings gave momentum and the basketball back to the Huskies.
Instead of having the chance to tie the game, the Vikings found themselves down by five following two clutch free throws by Eli Gambill as a result of the technical.
The Huskies (1-1) had trailed the Vikings for much of the contest, but back-to-back three pointers by Sam Bowers and Jordan Spell gave Ashe County a five point advantage with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings had one last grasp at victory with less than 20 seconds to go when Tre Jackson dialed home a three-pointer from the baseline to cut the Huskies lead back to three points.
Ashe County flirted with disaster on the next play as the Vikings nearly picked off the inbound pass. Sam Bowers, however, was able to seal the victory as he recovered the basketball and nailed two free throws to seal the win.
Ashe County trailed 9-7 after the first quarter as both offenses were off target on several looks at the basket.
The teams exchanged the lead throughout the second quarter. A Spell three-pointer gave Ashe its first lead of the night midway through the second quarter, but the Vikings responded with a 9-2 run to close out the half with 22-17.
The Vikings' final basket of the half came off a steal by Daniel Childress, but as he drove home from the basket it appeared his hand was still cupping the ball as time expired.
Ashe County recaptured the lead in the third quarter when Anderson Moore and Ashley both hit the backend of trips to the free-throw line.
The nonconference matchup was also the first win for newly appointed Head Coach Scott Grubb.
Grubb, who had served as an assistant coach under Marc Payne for the past 10 seasons, had last coached at the varsity level in 1999 at Ashe Central High prior to the consolidation of the county school system.
The Huskies travel to Boone Friday night to take on archrival Watauga High.
There has been little love-loss between these two teams in recent seasons, as Ashe and Watauga often times split the two-game series.
Ashe County opened the season on Tuesday, Nov. 20 with a 51-28 loss to East Surry High in Pilot Mountain. This marked the second consecutive season that Ashe County began the s