Ashby rips the nets for 40 as Buffs slip past Cobras

from staff reports

   BRISTOL -- Lance Ashby had an amazing 40-point performance for Milligan as they squeaked by Virginia Intermont, 78-77, Saturday night.
   Ashby was 13-for-23 from the floor including busting five treys in the multitude of points. He also hit 9-of-11 free throws. A.J. Hamler also had a double-digit performance with 11 points.
   Jon Odum led the way for VI with 23 points, and Ty Sanders also threw down 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.
   The Buffaloes trailed by 11 points at halftime, but rallied for the victory despite having 10 less second chance points than the Cobras.
   BRISTOL -- Milligan dispatched of Virginia Intermont 73-59 Saturday night in women's college basketball action behind Nicky Jessen's 26 points.
   Amanda Hammonds added 14 points on the strength of four shots behind the three-point arc.
   Hampton alumni were represented well as Miranda Greene had 11 points, her sister Amanda had 6 and freshman Ginny White scored 6.
   The Lady Cobra's Kelly Salyer paced all scorers with 25 points and teammate Stacie Cole contributed with 19 points.
   JONESBOROUGH -- Beth Holtsclaw pumped in 11 points and freshman sensation Rikki Baughman added eight in leading Elizabethton to a 48-33 win over North Greene in girls basketball action on Friday night.
   The Lady Cyclones only led 13-10 at the end of one quarter, but pushed the advantage up to nine points at the half. Elizabethton continued to add to the lead in the third quarter before maintaining the pace in the final period.
   Sheila Wine topped the Lady Husky effort with 12 points.
   Next on the agenda is a meeting Tuesday night when the Lady Cyclones go to Bayless Gym to take on Happy Valley.
   Hampton got 13-point efforts from Cody Ford and Jordan Honeycutt in a 47-40 win over Happy Valley Friday afternoon in junior high action.
   The game was tied at 8-apiece at the end of one quarter, before Hampton went into the halftime locker room with a 21-18 advantage. The Junior Bulldogs were up by six at the end of three periods before winning by the final margin.
   Todd Caldwell with 12 and Ricky Morgan with 11 were double-digit scorers for the Junior Warriors and were the only players to hit shots from behind the three-point arc. Morgan connected on two treys, while Caldwell had one.