Heated rivalry: Huskies ground Eagles

By Nathan Ham - nham@civitasmedia.com

Dante Shuler drives for a tough layup in Wednesday’s game against Avery.

Colin Ellis splits a pair of defenders for a basket.

WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County won a wild contest with rival Wilkes Central on Friday night, 56-46.

Tempers flared in the third quarter when a loose ball scramble resulted in a pair of players getting ejected, one for each team. Dylan Little for the Huskies and Jasiah Ferguson for Wilkes Central were tossed after a brief scuffle on the ground.

The Huskies were up 28-16 at the half but the Eagles put a good third quarter together and pulled to within five points at the end of three.

Wilkes Central fought all the way back and took a brief lead, but the Huskies closed the fourth quarter strong, which included six points from Tristen Jones and the Huskies hitting 7-of-11 shots from the charity stripe.

Eagle forward Zach Shumate led all scorers with 15 points, but did not get much help after that. Freshman Noah Johnson scored nine points and Donte Turbyfill added six.

Juniors Colin Ellis and Judd Price each scored 12 points to lead the Huskies. Price added five rebounds and a team-high four assists.

Jones finished with eight points, five rebounds and four steals. Dante Shuler added eight points off the bench to go with six rebounds and Kendall Richardson chipped in six points to go with a team-high seven boards.

Malachi Poe scored four, Little scored three and Noah Blevins scored three.

With the win, Ashe snapped a brief two-game losing skid and moved to 5-1 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference with a 7-9 overall mark.

Avery County 65, Ashe 49

Earlier in the week, Ashe played host to Avery on Wednesday in the final non-conference game of the regular season.

Avery’s Jacob Waldroop poured in 20 points that included five makes from three-point range and Luke Crowe added 16 points and eight boards to give Avery its 14th win of the season.

Standout junior Jeffrey Puckett scored nine points, dished out eight assists and added three steals. Chandler Stansberry added eight and freshman Evan Krug scored six.

Price scored 12 points to lead the Huskies. Blevins added eight while the trio of Ellis, Shuler and Richardson all scored seven apiece. Little and Poe scored three points each and Jones rounded out the scoring with two points.

After Avery’s win on Friday night over Mitchell County, the Vikings moved to 15-2 overall and are currently ranked third in the state rankings of 1A teams behind Mount Airy and Weldon.

This week, Ashe travels to West Wilkes on Tuesday and to Alleghany on Friday.

MVAC standings

*As of Jan. 15

1. Ashe County: 7-9, 5-1 conference

2. Starmount: 7-8, 5-1 conference

3. North Wilkes: 8-7, 4-2 conference

4. Alleghany: 11-4, 4-2 conference

5. West Wilkes: 5-10, 3-3 conference

6. Wilkes Central: 4-12, 2-4 conference

7. East Wilkes: 3-10, 1-5 conference

8. Elkin: 1-14, 0-6 conference

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

Dante Shuler drives for a tough layup in Wednesday’s game against Avery.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Dante-Shuler-vs-Avery.jpgDante Shuler drives for a tough layup in Wednesday’s game against Avery.

Colin Ellis splits a pair of defenders for a basket.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Colin-Ellis-vs-Avery.jpgColin Ellis splits a pair of defenders for a basket.

By Nathan Ham


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