Mountain-Valley 1A/2A Conference
Bandys Tops Lady Huskies
March 4, 2010By ACHS iHigh of Ashe County Huskies
Ashe picked up an easy first round win, but could not advance past the second round as the Lady Huskies were defeated by Catawba Bandys 63-50.
In the first round of sectional playoff action, the Lady Huskies made quick work of the Madison Lady Patriots, winning 81-45.
After the first quarter of play, the Lady Huskies took control of the game with intense defense and good shooting. Ashe shot 47 percent from the field, and 71 percent from the free throw line in the victory.
Conference player of the year Mallary Clay led the way for Ashe with 17 points, and also grabbed 3 rebounds, assisted on 3 other baskets, and led the team with 6 steals. MacKinsey Johnson was next in scoring with 11 points, and pulled down 3 boards as well.
Chandler Christensen had a good game inside, hitting two baskets, and converting on seven of her eight free throw attempts for a total of 11 points. Christensen also collected 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Caitlin Elliott also had a good game in the post, scoring 10 points and tying for the team lead in rebounds with 6.
Lizzie Hanes and Courtney Bowers each chipped in with 9 points, Jessica Walker added 6 points, and Mariah McVey put in 5 points, and led the team in assists with 5. Cara Church and Karanda Weaver contributed good minutes off of the bench. Church scored 3 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and picked up 3 assists. Weaver did not score, but played well in other aspects of the game, pulling down 4 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists.
Kaitlin Huff led the scoring for the Lady Patriots with 11 points. Carrie Gentry and Hannah Burnett each added 8 in the loss.
As it has been for quite a few games this season, a great second half has been key to picking up some big wins.
"We played a very good second half, in particular, the third quarter," said head coach Laura Foster.
In that third quarter, the Lady Huskies outscored Madison 25-11 to seal the win.
Wednesday night, the Lady Huskies would host the Bandys Lady Trojans after their 103-29 victory over South Stokes.
Unfortunately for Ashe, the game would not go their favor as held off a late charge from the Lady Huskies to win by 13.
McVey led the Huskies with 15 points. Clay was behind her with 13, and Elliott played well in her final game as a Husky, scoring 11 points.
Hanes added 4, Church, Christensen, and Walker each added a basket, and Johnson hit a free throw in the tough loss.
Ashe finished the regular season at 24-2, and still have plenty to celebrate with both the MVAC regular season and conference tournament championships.
Sophomore guard Jesse Story led all scorers with 19 points. Tara Potter followed her with 15 points, Taylor Sigmon added 11 and Chelsey Queen put in 10 helping Bandys advance to the sectional finals.
Next year, the Lady Huskies will return four starters and will most definitely be in the running for their third consecutive conference championship and another trip to the postseason.