It was all Hampton Monday night.
The Bulldogs jumped out early and never looked back en route to a 67-28 Class A substate victory over Harriman. With the win, Hampton advances to the Class A state tournament in Murfreesboro.
On Monday night, Hampton dominated early.
After Jordan Bentley scored the game’s first four points, Morgan Lyons, Rocky Croy, and Garrett Vines each scored as Hampton raced out to a 15-0 lead. The Blue Devils got on the board, Caleb Oaks and Matt Hughes answered to give HHS a 19-3 lead after a quarter of play.
The second quarter was much the same as a Hughes trey jumpstarted a 16-4 run that gave Hampton a 35-9 lead. Oaks finished the quarter strong as Hampton maintained a 41-13 halftime lead.
There was never any doubt in the second half.
Harriman put together a run to open the third quarter, but Lyons and company settled the ship. Hampton ended the third quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 57-21 advantage into the final quarter.
After a pair of free throws from Harriman to open the final quarter, Oaks and Bentley hit back-to-back shots to force a running clock while Lyons scored four points to push the Bulldog run to 8-0 to secure the win.
“Our kids played their hearts out,” Hampton Head Coach Ned Smith said.”I thought our defense was exceptional baseline to baseline. I thought our kids played great. Our kids didn’t let up.”
“We talked about it at halftime. Harriman got down 25 or 28 last game then came back and got within two points. We told them to never let up and they never let up.”
Lyons had 16 points to lead the way for Hampton, while Bentley scored 15 points. Oaks added 14 points for the Hampton cause. Vines and Hughes had seven and five points, respectively.
Hampton will found out their bracket for the Class A State Tournament on Tuesday evening.
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