Lady Huskies now at 5-2 in league play
Last modified: Jan. 10
The Ashe County Lady Huskies continued to move through the higher echelons of the Mountain Valley Conference, as they capped off a four-game winning streak last week with wins against Alleghany and Elkin.
The Huskies held the Trojans in check throughout the game on Wednesday, Jan. 2 and never allowed their rivals to come closer than eight points and rolled to a 48-37 win.
Back-to-back baskets by Emily Flanagan and Abby Lopp gave the early 6-2 lead.
Ashton Lee then connected on a long jumper just inside the left arc before stepping back a foot on the Huskies' next possession to swish home a 3-pointer.
Leading 13-6 to begin the second quarter, Ashe extended its lead to 14 points before halftime.
Chelsea Reavis dialed home a 3-pointer before a Flanagan put-back and Hudler layup capped off an 11-0 run in the second quarter.
After leading 24-10 at halftime, the Huskies continued to exercise their dominance against the Trojans in the second half. Victoria Reed found the bottom of the net on her three-point attempt and Spell scored a basket to make the score 33-17.
Despite the big lead, the Huskies faced a scary moment late in the third when Hudler, the Huskies starting point guard, suffered an ankle injury and was carried off the court. However, she returned in the fourth quarter.
Alleghany would fight down the game's final stretch — at point coming within single digits after a Trojans' 3-pointer, but the Huskies would ice the game from the free-throw line.
Ashe County pushed the win streak to four on Friday, Jan. 4 with a 44-27 win over Elkin High on the road.
Vikings derail Huskies
Ashe County's good fortunes in league play finally ran out Tuesday evening, as the North Wilkes Vikings rolled to a 72-43 win.
North didn't waste any time exerting control of the game, sprinting to a quick 8-0 lead before building a 19-5 advantage after the first quarter.
Although Ashe would not fare any better in the second quarter, the Lady Huskies would enjoy flashes of success when Flanagan nailed a deep jumper before finishing off an old fashioned three-point play to bring Ashe back within 11 points.
Spell also added a basket of her own to help close the gap, but the Vikings were simply too much for the Huskies and closed out the half on a 19-7 run to take a 42-19 lead into the locker rooms.
Little changed in the third quarter as the Vikings defended a 23-point lead.
Spell, Flanagan, Hudler, Lee and Parks added baskets for Ashe County in an attempt to cut into the Vikings' lead.
The Vikings blew the game wide open in the fourth quarter and continued to shoot lights out and ended Ashe County's already slim hopes of a comeback.
With the win, Ashe County fell to 7-6 overall, and 5-2 in league play.
Ashe returned to action Wednesday at home against the Watauga Pioneer.
Results were unavailable at presstime.