The Happy Valley-Hampton rivalry had a split on Thursday night.
The Lady Warriors held on for a 59-53 victory over host Hampton, while the Bulldogs took a 77-70 victory over the visiting Warriors in non conference action.
The girls game saw the two teams battle back and forth.
Happy Valley used a 10-3 run to take a 10-5 lead, but the Lady Bulldogs answered with an 8-2 run to take a 16-12 lead into the second quarter.
Tiana Long and Adrienne Henegar pushed HV back into the lead midway through the second quarter. Hampton’s Shyanne Tuelle and Kinzey Hill knocked down shots to help the Lady Bulldogs regain a slim 29-28 lead at the half.
Haley Green opened the third quarter with a HV basket, and that set the tone as the Lady Warriors regained a lead – which they held until the closing seconds of the third when Hill added a layup to send Hampton into the fourth quarter with a 38-37 lead.
HV reeled off the first 11 points of the final eight minutes to take control of the game. Hampton battled back to close the to three points in the closing seconds, but Olivia Absher and Henegar iced the game on the free throw line.
Henegar led HV with 17 points. Kaitlyn Roberts had 14 points, while Long scored 13 points.
Leann Guinn led Hampton with 15 points. Stephanie Campbell and Tuelle tallied 14 points apiece.
In the boys’ game, Happy Valley jumped out early as Brayden Sams and the Warriors pushed out to an 11-5 lead. Hampton, however, battled back as Jayden Livington drained a 3-pointer that sparked a 12-2 Bulldog run. HHS pushed the lead to 25-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Dru Owens and the Bulldogs opened the second by pushing the lead to double-digits. Bryce Carter hit a jumper to stop the run, but Hampton maintained a 43-32 lead at the half.
In the second half, it was a tale of runs. HV closed the gap to six points, but a quick Hampton run pushed it back to 12 points. The Bulldogs, who held a 62-47 lead at the end of the third quarter, pushed the lead to 17 at the start of the fourth.
Happy Valley wasn’t done though. The Warriors led by Carter and Sams battled back in the final minutes to close back within five points. Livingston helped ice the win at the line for Hampton in the closing minute.
Owens had a game-high 30 points, while Livingston finished with 14 points. Jordan Bentley added 13 points.
Sams led HV with 19 points. Carter added 18 points.
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