Huskies beat Alleghany, lose to Vikings

By Nathan Ham -

Photo courtesy | Lorrie Tomlinson - Grant Thompson drives to the basket against Alleghany.

SPARTA — The Huskies finished off the regular season sweep of Alleghany with a convincing 56-43 win on the road.

Alleghany jumped out to a quick lead, taking a 10-7 advantage to the second quarter.

Ashe quickly overcame the slim deficit and took a 22-18 halftime lead.

It was all Huskies in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter where Ashe outscored the home team, 17-8 to pull away for the victory.

Junior Dante Shuler led the Huskies with 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Kendall Richardson scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Judd Price had nine points and two assists and Colin Ellis scored seven points and grabbed four boards.

Tristen Jones led Ashe with eight rebounds to go with three points. Malachi Poe scored six, Grant Thompson added four, Noah Blevins had two and Jarod Carlton added a free throw.

For Alleghany, Hunter Todd led all players with 18 points. Austin Hawkins scored 10 points and Avery Hash had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Both teams shot about the same from the field with the Huskies hitting 41-percent of its attempts and the Trojans making 38-percent.

The week did not end there for the Huskies, however, as they had to travel to North Wilkes on Friday.

It was another close game from beginning to end, but once again, North Wilkes had Ashe’s number and escaped with a 48-47 victory.

The Huskies have lost three conference games this season and two of those have been at the hands of the Vikings.

Much like when the teams played the first time around, the game came down to another wild ending.

Richardson gave Ashe a 47-46 lead with a basket a little over 30 seconds left to play.

North Wilkes got a chance to take the lead with a pair of free throws from Jake Richardson. The junior calmly hit both with nine seconds left.

The Vikings left the door open by missing four straight free throws, but Ashe could not find the basket on a near full-court throw from Ellis.

“I thought my kids battled and played hard,” said Ashe County head coach Nathan Colvard. “That loss is all on me. I called a really bad timeout at the end and took away a chance for a win.”

Poe dropped in 14 points including a 4-of-8 shooting night from three-point land and K. Richardson finished with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Shuler and Price both scored seven points each, but both also had an off night shooting, combining to hit just 6-of-20 shots. Ellis, Thompson and Jones scored two points apiece.

The Huskies are now 8-11 overall and 6-3 in the MVAC.

This week, Ashe will have three home games, including a key rematch with first place Starmount on Wednesday. The Huskies are the only conference team so far this year that has beaten the Rams. Ashe will also host East Wilkes (Tuesday) and Elkin (Friday).

MVAC standings

*As of Jan. 29

1. Starmount: 10-8, 8-1

2. North Wilkes: 13-7, 8-2

3. Ashe County: 8-11, 6-3

4. Alleghany: 12-7, 5-5

5. West Wilkes: 7-12, 5-5

6. Wilkes Central: 6-14, 4-6

7. East Wilkes: 5-12, 3-7

8. Elkin: 1-18, 0-10

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

Photo courtesy | Lorrie Tomlinson – Grant Thompson drives to the basket against Alleghany. courtesy | Lorrie Tomlinson – Grant Thompson drives to the basket against Alleghany.

By Nathan Ham

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