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Originally published: 2013-12-21 01:37:11
Last modified: 2013-12-21 01:37:11

Spell scores 24 points in Ashe girls' win

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

WEST JEFFERSON -- Ashe County girls' basketball coach Laura Foster said early in the 2013-14 season that the Huskies needed a couple of players to assume scoring roles.

After the Huskies torched visiting Alleghany 59-27 Friday at Ashe's gym, it was Paige Spell to took on that role.

Spell scored 24 points to lead the Huskies to their fourth victory of the season. The Huskies improved to 4-6 overall, 1-1 in the Mountain Valley Conference.

Alleghany slipped to 1-7, 0-2.

Spell made nine field goal attempts and all seven of her foul shots. The Huskies made 17-of-20 foul shots, compared to 5-of-12 for the Trojans.

Ashe did its damage in the first half. Leading 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Huskies opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run to claim a 26-12 lead. Ashe led 31-16 by halftime, and Alleghany never got closer than 13 points the rest of the game.

"I was just taller than the rest of the girls to get the ball in I guess," Spell said. "I think we're playing more as a team and we're all coming together. We're all stepping up and playing the role we need to play."

Morgan Hudler, another Ashe player who has assumed a more active scoring roll, finished with eight points. Savanna Brooks also scored eight points for the Huskies.

"As a team, we just work the ball to where it needs to go," Spell said. "We've done well just to work together to get it in the basket."

Ashe also dominated the boards by outrebounding Alleghany 44-15. Spell pulled down nine boards to lead the Huskies.

Ashe had to play with just seven players because two others -- Hallie Brown and Ashton Lee -- missed the game because of illness.

"I was really pleased with how well we played together," Ashe coach Laura Foster said. "We did a good job on the boards. Chloe (Sullivan) and Syd (Grubb) played really well off the bench for us. We are very excited to get this conference win; a good way to go into the Christmas break."

Kayla Lafferty scored seven points for Alleghany. Molly Andrews and Faith Reeves each added six points for the Trojans.


Ashe girls 59, Alleghany 27

Alleghany 27 (1-7, 0-2)

Andrews 1 1-2 4, Lafferty 3 0-2 7, Orton 1 0-2 2, Andrews 2 0-0 6, Loggins 1 0-0 2, Reeves 1 4-6 6, Whitehead 0 0-0 0, Herrera 0 0-0 0, M. Gentry 0 0-0 0, S. Getry 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 5-12 27.

Ashe 59 (4-6, 1-1)

Grubb 2 2-4 6, Eller 1 0-0 3, Hudler 3 0-0 8, Sullivan 0 6-7 6, Spell 9 6-6 24, Lopp 2 0-0 4, Brooks 3 2-2 8. Totals 20 16-19 59.

Alleghany 12 4 9 2 -- 27

Ashe    18 13 10 17 -- 59

3-point goals--Alleghany 4 (M. Andrews 2, K. Andrews, Lafferty), Ashe 3 (Hudler 2, Eller). Rebounds--Alleghany 15 (M. Gentry 4), Ashe 44 (Spell 9).