Hampton rolls at UH

Friday night basketball on ETSU’s campus was dominated by high school hoops as the Buccaneers of University High faced off against the Hampton Bulldogs in Brooks Gym. Both boys’ and girls’ squads faced off with their first Watauga Valley Conference game following holiday tournament play.
Lady Bulldogs 66
University High 52
Game one of the night placed the Lady Bulldogs and Lady ‘Bucs in a close, defensive first half battle that saw the Bulldogs swing to a quick 7-0 lead forcing a pair turnovers, converted to fast-break buckets by Alexus Grubbs (game-high 21 points) and Kim Swearingen (11 points). The ‘Bucs quickly found their footing with a trio of 3-pointers by three different players and a converted and-one by Ari Ramasaran. Grubbs added her own 3 to put the ‘Dogs up 18-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs dominated the second, holding the ‘Bucs to seven points while putting up 24. HHS was led by the hot hand of Shyanne Tuelle, in the period, contributing 10 points and pair of steals.
“We switched to man-to-man there in the second quarter,” HHS head coach Bud Hazelwood said. “… I didn’t know how it would work, but we got out on the shooters pretty good.”
The second half saw UH mount a comeback with Lexi Crouthers contributing 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers and quick slashing drives to the basket. Madi Weir stepped up big during the third for HHS, including a pair of key blocks in the paint.
University High found themselves in foul trouble as the fourth quarter progressed, sending the Bulldogs to the free throw line nine times with 12 points coming from the charity stripe, sending the team ahead for victory.
Tuelle finished with 17 points on the night. Megan Garland added eight, Tatum Street had six, Tori Miller added a bucket and Kenzi Greenwell added a free-throw.
Bulldogs 72
University High 44
The nightcap saw the boys from Hampton go without leading scorer Stanley Valentine and guard Nathan Norris. Both players were injured in the Harriman Classic held earlier in the week against Kingston Academy
Senior Tyler Moody and sophomore Adam McClain stepped into starting rolls against UH and filled the roles on both sides of the court, contributing to the scoring and rebound efforts.. “Adam played real well tonight,” head coach Ned Smith said. “… getting the ball where it needed to be, he distributed it well. Moody was our leading rebounder tonight.”
10 ‘Dogs touched the scorebook in the night’s rout while the entire team saw time on the court.
“I think were a little behind from last year,” Cheyenne Camillo, who finished with a team-high 19 points, said. “We’ve got to work on our defense but I thought we distributed the ball well tonight.”
Coby Jones added 13 points while Tyler Moody went in double figures with 10 points.
Stone Hutchinson (nine points), John Russell (six points), Jared Wiltshire (six points), Adam McClain (four points), Dakota Crumley (two points), Chris Holtsclaw (two points) and Jerry Lunsford ( free-throw) rounded out the scoring for HHS.
Hampton will be back in action on Monday with a non-conference tilts against Elizabethton

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