HAYS — It was a tight, nervy game, but the Ashe County Huskies girls basketball team (12-10) still managed to get the win over the North Wilkes Vikings (12-11) on the road Feb. 8 in a 42-37 tilt. The win left them only one away from securing a top-half seed in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference tournament.
While the Vikings managed to score first, senior guard Sam Woods answered with a three-pointer to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead after one minute. The Huskies faced immense pressure from the outset, with North Wilkes sending all but one of their players up to press in an extreme full court style. This coupled with sloppy handling sent the Huskies down into a 10-17 hole at the end of the first quarter.
The Huskies weren’t going down without a fight, as they fought through the suffocating defense to get back into the game. The game was 17-19 with three minutes left when Abby Sullivan made a key block to keep the game close. Moments later, Hallie Treva tied the game at 20 with a deep three. Treva scored some more to grab a 24-23 lead with a minute left setting up Audrey Craven to hit a shot from range to grab a 27-23 lead going into the half.
Woods and Treva started off the third by stretching the lead even further, getting it to 31-23 with less than four minutes in the quarter. The Vikings would force their way back into contention, going on a 7-2 run to close out the quarter at 33-30.
North Wilkes kept clawing their way back into the game with good shooting and clean defense, but the Huskies fended them off when it mattered. With just under six minutes to go in the game, the home team got the lead down to 35-32, but the Huskies spread the ball around too much, prevailing 42-37.