Ashe County secured at least a tie of the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference crown Tuesday evening in West Jefferson as the Huskies beat visiting West Wilkes 52-47 in overtime.
Six points in extra time from senior Hallie Treva was the difference as the Huskies finished the regular season 17-5 and 11-3 in league play.
With the score knotted at 44-all after the fourth, the Blackhawks took a quick one-point advantage thanks to a free throw by Jamesyn Bell.
But Treva took over with 1:22 left to play. First, the senior forward hit a tough turnaround shot in the lane against two Hawks’ defenders to make it 46-45.
Then Treva connected on four consecutive shots from the charity stripe. Those free throws bookended an offensive rebound and put-back by West’s Carson Ledford that helped keep the Blackhawks alive.
Treva’s last make put the Huskies up 50-47 with 20 seconds left on the clock. A last ditch three from West fell short, and two final free throws by Ashe’s Kenadie Hudler settled the deal.
West Wilkes fell to 17-5 and 10-4. Ledford paced the Hawks with 20 points and Bell added nine.
Treva scored 20 points for the Huskies, and Hudler chipped in 12.
Ashe County now holds at least a tie for the regular-season title, depending on the outcome of two other Tuesday Mountain Valley affairs.
In the boys’ varsity match-up senior guard Jacob Brown poured in 29 points to help the Blackhawks beat the Huskies 59-49.
Austin Triplette added 11 points as West battled back from an early first quarter deficit to take the lead by two, at 25-23, at halftime.
Eight third quarter points from Brown followed the intermission as West pulled away from an Ashe team playing without starter Austin Poe.
West Wilkes improved to 15-7 overall and 11-3 in league play with the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win. The Huskies dropped to 5-9 and 7-15.