The Ashe County High men's basketball team saw its magical season come to an end Wednesday night. The Huskies (25-4), the No.1 seed in the Class 2A Western Sectional, were eliminated by
Shelby 62-54 in the second-round of the staet playoffs at the Dog Pound in West Jefferson.
Shelby (18-5), the No.8 seed in the West, snapped a 40-40 third-quarter tie by outscoring the Huskies 22-14 in the final period. A conventional three-point play by Donte Hall and a bucket by Antonio Washington moments later gave Shelby a 52-42 lead with 2:24 to play. The Huskies also aided their own demise by turning the ball over 16 times and shooting 41% from the floor.
Sam Gammons paced the Huskies with 19 points; Zeb Richardson was held to a season-low five points. Shelby will play West Caldwell in the Western Sectional finals Friday night. The Warriors (19-6), the No.5 seed in the West, defeated Lincolnton 52-20 in overtime Wednesday night.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S GAMES
WEST WILKES 60, AVERY 57
CHEROKEE 78, NORTH WILKES 58
WILKES CENTRAL 59, LINCOLNTON 26
HICKORY 65, FREEDOM 43
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 69, T.C. ROBERSON 47
ARDREY KELL 53, McDOWELL 37
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 80, McDOWELL 64
HICKORY 80, LAWNDALE BURNS 56
EAST RUTHERFORD 77, WILKES CENTRAL 58
WEST CALDWELL 52, LINCOLNTON 50 (OT)
CUTHBERTSON 94, STARMOUNT 56
SMOKEY MOUNTAIN 95, MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 75