North Wilkes battled back from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to stun Ashe County 45-42 Tuesday evening in Hays.

The Vikings trailed 29-16 with 6:17 left in the third, but outscored the Huskies 19-6 in that pivotal period. Zack Carlton scored all eight of his points on the night in that time, and the quarter ended with the home team behind the visitors by only one, at 31-30.

North took the lead for good in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference contest when Matthew Holloway sank two free throws with 5:10 left to play, and the Vikings’ lead grew to as many as seven as time ticked away. But a late steal and basket by Ashe’s Dawson Cox with 59 seconds on the clock helped cut that margin back down to one, giving the Huskies hope.

The Vikings’ defense kept the visitors from scoring again, however. And only two freebies by North’s Dylan Church followed, sealing the hard-fought win.

Holloway led all scorers with 16 points and Trenton Sidden chipped in 13 as the Vikings improved to 6-14 overall and 2-8 in the MVAC.

Nate Lee paced the Huskies with 10 points, and Austin Poe had nine. Ashe County now stands at 6-12 and 4-6.

The Vikings also won the JV game earlier Tuesday by a score of 44-17. North’s Reece Cleary led all scorers with 15 points.

Ashe County girls 65, North Wilkes 46

Ashe County used a dominating first quarter to build a huge lead and never looked back, dispatching North Wilkes 65-46 Tuesday in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game in Hays.

The Huskies broke out to a 27-9 advantage after one period of play, thanks to four three-pointers and 10 points from Hallie Treva, who provided two of the triples. Treva’s big night continued throughout the evening, as she finished with a game-high 21 points.

North Wilkes played well the rest of the way, but it was too little, too late, as the Vikings dropped to 10-10 overall and 2-8 in league play. McKenzie Johnson, in just her second game back after missing time due to injury, scored 11 points for the home team.

Jordan Jones added 13 points for the visitors, now 13-5 and 7-3.

In JV action the Huskies also prevailed, winning 36-28. The Vikings were ahead going into the fourth quarter, but the visitors ended the game on a 17-7 run.

Brook Settle of the Vikings was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points, and Mary Cothren added nine. Skyler Vannoy had nine points for the Huskies.

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