Senior forward Stone Huthcinson had a hot start and Hampton held off Chuckey-Doak 54-46 on Thursday night at Van Huss / White gymnasium. Hutchinson scored nine of his 12 points in the first quarter as the Bulldogs (8-4 overall) built a 24-11 lead.
The Black Knights had other ideas if the ‘Dogs thought it would be a blowout however as C-D outscored Hampton 15-4 in the second period to cut the lead to 28-26 by halftime.
“They slowed it down and went to a 2-3,” commented Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith. “They packed it in there and were lucky to have gotten a big early lead. Stone did a good job shooting tonight. I was proud of the way we finished the game, the kids kept playing hard.”
The Knights (6-5) clawed their way to a 38-38 game at the end of the third period with post Josh Karg scoring seven of his team high 13 points in the quarter. Tanner Barkley added five to the C-D scoring ledger in the period.
C-D took a 44-41 lead in the fourth quarter on buckets from Dillon Brown and Karter Maupin but senior guard Cheyenne Camillo drained the first of his two 3-balls to tie the contest.
“Cheynne is a good shooter and we want him to shoot,” Smith said. “He has the confidence to make the shots.”
Junior Coby Jones followed Camillo with a trey of his own as Hampton retook the lead at 47-44. Karg answered for C-D but minutes later picked up his fourth foul and had to sit a spell.
Jones hit a bucket, and then followed his own missed three and drove to the hoop for two to stake th ‘Dogs to a 51-46 lead.
Valentine led all scorers with 17 points followed by Hutchinson with 12.
For the Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night, freshman guard Shyanne Tuelle was the sharpest tool in Hampton’s shed. Tuelle scored 17 points and her late three-ball sparked Hampton to victory.
For Hampton it was sweet revenge on a team that beat them 55-34 early in the season.
“They came out and hit us in the mouth in the early game,” said Lady ‘Dogs head coach Buddy Hazelwood. “They played a lot of subs in that game.”
The ‘Dogs opened with an 18-17 first quarter lead that they extended to 31-26 by halftime. Tuelle scored nine points in the first half, with all of those coming in the first quarter.
Sophomore guard Alexus Grubbs had a game high 21 points on the night – including 13 in the first half – and kept the ‘Dogs in the lead with solid free throw shooting down the stretch. Grubbs hit eight of 10 from the line in the second half and finished 10-for-12 overall.
“I shoot a lot of free throws in practice,” Grubbs said. “We were shooting good and had to take control. When we are shooting good everyone follows. We expected a physical game, they are a physical team, but we were ready tonight.”
Hampton (5-4) built the lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter as Tuelle knocked down a long range shot and Grubbs followed with free throws, but C-D rallied behind Taylor Southerland who drained a deuce at that point.
Hope Bridgeman gave Hampton a 50-40 advantage with a two point shot, but Keri Ricker followed that with a trey to cut the Hampton lead to seven.
Free throws by Grubbs made it a nine point ‘Dogs lead and the last points of the contest for both teams came from the stripe.
Andi Lamb scored a team high 11 points for the Lady Knights (6-3) with Southerland chipping in with 10.