Starmount drops Wednesday night games

By Nathan Ham -

Following a trip to Millers Creek for games against West Wilkes Tuesday night, Starmount dropped both games Wednesday night on the road at Ashe County.

BOYS: Starmount 64 – West Wilkes 49 (Feb. 2)

GIRLS: West Wilkes 62 – Starmount 53 (Feb. 2)

BOYS: Ashe County 60 – Starmount 51

WEST JEFFERSON — Four Ashe County players reached double-figures, helping the Huskies complete the regular season sweep of Starmount on Wednesday night with a 60-51 victory.

The Rams have just two Mountain Valley Athletic Conference losses with both of those coming to the Huskies.

It was a nice bounce back for Ashe after dropping a tough game at the buzzer to East Wilkes the day before.

“I thought we were much more patient on offense and were able to get good shots,” said Ashe County head coach Nathan Colvard.

Defensively, the Huskies had to deal with Kyler Gregory who poured in 28 points to lead all scorers. However, he did not get a lot of help offensively, especially outside of the paint.

“We played zone because we had some matchup problems,” said Colvard. “Luckily, they didn’t shoot very well.”

Brandon Prescott was the Rams’ next highest scorer with seven points. Brendon Eads added five, Andrew Smythers scored four, Ethan Barnes scored four and Griffin Cass added three.

Dante Shuler moved back into the starting lineup in this contest and responded with a team-high 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Judd Price helped out in the win with 14 points, including hitting 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Kendall Richardson ended up with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Malachi Poe scored 10 points off the bench.

Sophomore Caleb Key added four points, Colin Ellis scored three, Noah Blevins chipped in two and Tristen Jones had two.

The Huskies are 9-12 overall and 7-4 in MVAC play. The Rams are 11-9 and 9-2 in the MVAC.

GIRLS: Ashe County 54 – Starmount 25

WEST JEFFERSON — The Lady Huskies snapped a brief three-game losing skid and held the Rams to no more than seven points in any quarter, on the way to a 54-25 win on Wednesday night.

Ashe opened the game strong, outscoring the Rams 17-7 in the first quarter and built on to its lead to take a 29-14 halftime advantage. In the third, Starmount was held to just four points and the Lady Huskies put the game in cruise control with a 43-18 lead going to the fourth period.

Freshman Samantha Woods paced Ashe with 16 points. Chloe Sullivan added 11 and senior Savannah Brooks had her best scoring game of the year with nine points.

Maddie Warner scored six points off the bench, Amber Miller and Madison Osborne both chipped in five points, Jayce Miller scored three and Lyndsi Holman added a free throw.

For the Lady Rams, Tecora Manns was the high scorer with six points. Taylor Wood scored four, Claire Maske added three, as did teammates Darion Dobson and Elizabeth Pozo. Brayln Hampton and Courtney Byrd each scored two points and Courtney Snow hit a free throw.

Ashe is now 11-10 overall and 4-7 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference while Starmount is 3-16 overall and 2-8 in the MVAC.

Nathan Ham is a sports reporter for the Jefferson Post. He may be reached at 336-846-7164.

By Nathan Ham

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