WEST JEFFERSON — A shorthanded Lady Husky team almost pulled off a huge win over Elkin Friday night, but a pair of late free throws and a turnover by Ashe sealed their fate in a 30-27 loss.
Ashe played without senior starter Savannah Brooks and key reserves Lyndsi Holman and Jayce Miller, but still put up a great fight against the first place team in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
The Lady Elks improved to 20-1 and 11-1 in the MVAC while Ashe slipped to 11-11 overall and 4-8 in MVAC action.
Elkin looked like they were about to pull away in the second quarter, opening the frame with a 13-0 run to take a 20-7 lead. Ashe got a quick basket from Gracie Greene before the half to make the score 20-9.
However, Ashe battled back in the third quarter. Sydney Kate Grubb nailed a three-pointer, Chloe Sullivan added five points of her own and Amber Miller hit a basket to bring Ashe to within three points at 22-19. Grubb hit a free throw to get Ashe to within two points before Elkin closed the third with four points to hold a 26-20 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Huskies got to within one point at 28-27, but with a chance to take the lead, a steal from Kylie Thomas kept Elkin in front. Thomas buried a pair of free throws to give the Lady Elks a three-point advantage at 30-27.
Ashe had a chance to tie it but could not get a shot off.
Thomas led the Elks with eight points. Miracle Walters scored six, Morgan Randleman had four and Samantha Cozart scored four.
C. Sullivan was the game’s high scorer with 14 points. Grubb scored four, Warner scored two, Olivia Patton had two, Miller scored two, Greene had two and Abby Sullivan added a free throw.
*As of Feb. 6
1. Elkin: 20-1, 11-1
2. North Wilkes: 20-2, 10-2
3. East Wilkes: 14-6, 10-2
4. Wilkes Central: 15-7, 8-4
5. Ashe County: 11-11, 4-8
6. West Wilkes: 5-16, 2-10
7. Starmount: 3-18, 2-10
8. Alleghany: 4-17, 1-11
Ashe 92, Elkin 60
For the second time this season, the Huskies had no problem with the Elkin Buckin’ Elks, setting a season-high in points while cruising to a 32-point victory.
Ashe had five players in double figures, including a season-high 15 points from junior forward Tristen Jones. Jones was a rebound shy of a double-double, pulling down nine boards in the win.
Price finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Shuler added 13 points, six boards and two assists, Richardson had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals and sophomore Grant Thompson had his best game of the year with 11 points off the bench.
Ellis scored seven, Key had six, Jarod Carlton added five, Poe had five, Dylan Little scored four and Blevins finished with two.
Trevor Nance led the Elks with 12 points. Tyler Cockerham scored eight and Corey Wiles scored eight points, all in the fourth quarter. Beau Burgess added seven, Kendall Freeman had five and Tristan Shears scored five.
The Huskies are 10-12 overall and 8-4 in the MVAC.
The struggles continued for Elkin as they dropped to 1-20 overall and 0-12 in MVAC play.
*As of Feb. 6
1. North Wilkes: 15-7, 10-2
2. Starmount: 12-9, 10-2
3. Ashe County: 10-12, 8-4
4. Alleghany: 13-8, 6-6
5. West Wilkes: 7-14, 5-7
6. East Wilkes: 8-15, 5-7
7. Wilkes Central: 7-13, 4-8
8. Elkin: 1-20, 0-12