The varsity women’s team split a pair of Mountain Valley Conference contests this week. Ashe earned the season sweep of Starmount on Monday but lost a tough road game at Wilkes Central on Tuesday.
Ashe 62, Starmount 36
Defense and forced turnovers played a huge part in Ashe’s victory over the Lady Rams.
Paige Spell scored 20 points and had a game-high eight steals while Hallie Brown had six points and six steals to lead the defensive charge.
“Our defense created several easy baskets for us,” said Ashe Head Coach Laura Foster. “We had 21 steals. Hallie and Paige had 14 of those.”
Offensively, the Lady Huskies had 20 assists on 25 made baskets and everyone on the team scored and played a lot of minutes.
Junior point guard Morgan Hudler scored 10 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Abby Lopp finished with seven points and six boards. Freshman guard Sydney Kate Grubb chipped in seven points and five assists while Savannah Brooks had five points and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Ashton Lee scored three points, Tyler Eller had two and Chloe Sullivan added a pair of free throws.
Monday also marked Senior Night for the Ashe County winter sport athletes, and while the Lady Huskies had no senior players this year, they did honor their scorebook keeper at halftime, Mallory Vannoy.
“I appreciate Mallory’s dedication and commitment, she has been an asset to our basketball program,” Coach Foster said. According to Foster, Mallory was the scorebook keeper for each of the last four seasons.
For Starmount, Darion Dobson led the Rams with 12 points. Christy Reavis scored 10 and Asuka Takadate scored five.
After Tuesday’s loss to Wilkes Central, Ashe is now 11-12 overall and 6-7 in the MVAC.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87