Marc Payne and the Ashe County High men's basketball team are on a roll.
Since they lost to East Surry on opening day (November 22), the Huskies have been invincible. And the Huskies (10-1) continued their
winning ways by nailing down the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic Thursday night at Husky Gym in West Jefferson.
Ashe County defeated Hibriten 60-52 to claim the championship. Zeb Richardson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and rightfully so. The senior, who poured in 22 points in a semifinal win against Northside Christian of Florida Wednesday night, followed that
up with a 21-point, 17-rebound performance in the finals against Hibriten. He also had five blocked shots. Sam Gammons finished with 13 points; Nehemiah Stafford had 12. Andrew Lopp had seven assists and four rebounds. Mike Burgess led the Panthers with 26 points.
Ashe County built a commanding 54-41 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
FOSTER WINS 200TH
Laura Foster has had quite a run as head coach of the Ashe County's women's basketball team.
She inherited a very young program that was looking for a direction, when she got there 12 years ago. And Foster, despite some bumps on the road, got the program turned around in a hurry.
Her teams reeled off six consecutive 20 win seasons, and Foster was reward for all of her hard work Wednesday night when the Huskies (4-7) defeated Hibriten 45-20, handing Foster her 200th career win. MacKenzie Johnson backboned the effort with 16 points.
Unfortunately, Foster was denied a shot at win No. 201 on Thursday night as the Huskies lost to Team Australia (Nunawading, a club team just outside of Melbourne) 58-36 in the championship game of the Colvard Oil Holiday Classic. Johnson led the Huskies with 15 points Thursday night; Hannah Shipp had eight points.
COLVARD OIL HOLIDAY CLASSIC (WEST JEFFERSON)
TEAM AUSTRALIA 58, ASHE COUNTY 36 (CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)
HIBRITEN 47, NORTH FORSYTH 38 (3RD PLACE)
CATAWBA VALLEY HOLIDAY CLASSIC (HICKORY)
HICKORY 35, NEWTON-CONOVER 27 (CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 43, SOUTH CALDWELL 35 (3RD PLACE)
FRED T. FOARD 52, MAIDEN 41 (5TH PLACE)
COLVARD OIL HOLIDAY CLASSIC
ASHE COUNTY 60, HIBRITEN 52 (CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)
CATAWBA VALLEY HOLIDAY CLASSIC
HICKORY 67, ALEXANDER CENTRAL 64 (CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)
SOUTH CALDWELL 63, ST. STEPHENS 54 (3RD PLACE)
FRED T. FOARD 48, NEWTON-CONOVER 41 (5TH PLACE)