Late rally propels Lady Huskies past Forbush
Last modified: Dec. 13
Ashe County snapped a four game losing streak and captured its first win of the season by knocking off the Forbush Falcons 35-33 Friday night in East Bend.
With the win, the Lady Huskies improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain Valley Conference following a loss to Wilkes Central High earlier in the week.
The win, however, would not come easy for the Huskies, who would be tested early when they found themselves in a 22-10 hole late in the second quarter.
Ashe County was able to take an early lead to begin the contest when Ashton Lee knocked down a high-arching three-pointer, but the Falcons would respond to retake the lead.
Forbush answered with an old fashioned three-point lead to go up 7-4, but was quickly challenged with a basket by Alexis Parks to trim the lead back to a point.
Ashe County found trouble getting to the basket in the second quarter, as the Huskies were limited to only two field goals before halftime.
The Falcons then went on 10-0 run to close out the half and looked to be in control heading into the third quarter, but the Lady Huskies finally awoke from its offensive slumber and began to stage its own rally.
Baskets by Paige Spell and Haley Brown sliced the Falcons' lead to single digits and a three-pointer by Chelsea Reavis brought the Huskies within six points a minute later.
Back-to-back break-away layups by Spell tied the game heading into the fourth quarter, extending Ashe County's 7-0 run.
The fourth quarter would prove to be a low scoring defensive struggle, as both teams made necessary adjustments to prepare for the closing minutes of play.
The Falcons would like as if they were ready to take control of the game when a go ahead Forbush jump shot and steal on the ensuing inbound play restored their momentum.
Spell answered with a jump shot of her own and a Morgan Hudler layup gave Ashe the lead the good.
The Falcons had one last chance to tie the game, but an errant pass by a Falcons' guard bounced ominously out of bounds to seal the win for Ashe County.
Spell led the Huskies with nine points, Reavis chipped in seven and Hulder contributed six more in the win.
Ashe returned to action at home this week with a Tuesday night showdown against the Starmount Rams and East Wilkes Cardinals on Friday night.
Results from these games were unavailable at press time. Look in next week's edition for a full recap.