It was a battle from the opening tip, but Hampton made sure to come out on top.
Both the Hampton boys and girls picked up nonconference victories over Johnson County on Tuesday night as the Lady Bulldogs took a 64-45 win with the Hampton boys holding on for a 63-57 victory.
In the boys’ game, the teams battled to a 16-16 tie after a quarter of play as Hampton got five points from Nathan Norris. The Bulldogs used five Charlie Butler points in the second quarter to take a 27-24 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Hampton added to their lead with four 3-pointers – two of which came off the hot hand of Butler. Johnson County trimmed the HHS lead to three points in the closing minutes in the fourth quarter, but Butler hit a pair of late free throws as the Bulldogs held off the charge. Jared Andrews and Norris had five points apiece in the final quarter.
Hampton was led by Norris’ 13 points, while Andrews finish with 12 points. Butler and Velazquez had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Johnson County was led by Bud Icenhour’s 15 points.
In the girls’ game, Hampton set the tone early. Kenezy Hill drained a pair of 3-pointers, while Alexus Grubbs added eight points of her own to power the Lady Bulldogs to an 18-8 lead after a quarter of play. Johnson County, however, wasn’t going down without a fight as Hampton held on to a 10-point lead at the half.
A Lady Bulldogs run to open the third quarter along with seven Megan Garland points in the third quarter, however, proved to be too much for Johnson County to fight back from. Hampton held an 18-point lead heading to the final quarter and never looked back.
Grubbs powered the way with 22 points, while Shy Tuelle and Garland had nine points apiece. Hill finished with eight points.
Kelsey Duperry led Johnson County with 23 points.