The Hampton Jr. Bulldogs had their work cut out for them on Saturday, but they never gave up.
The Jr. Bulldogs came up short in the TMSAA Class A State Championships on Saturday in a 60-27 loss to Lester Prep.
Hampton saw Lester limit their opportunities early.
Hayden Campbell and Brody Hicks hit buckets for HMS in the first quarter, but the Tigers were on fire early as they held a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cadon Buckles hit shots to help steady the Hampton offense in the second quarter.
The Jr. Bulldogs, however, were unable to make a dent in the Lester lead.
Hampton continued to battle in the third as John Greenwell, Austin Bentley, Hicks and Buckles hit baskets for the Jr. Bulldogs. In the fourth quarter, Hampton continued to give a hard-fought effort but was unable to cut into the Lester lead.
Buckles had nine points for the Jr. Bulldogs, while Bentley added five points. Greenwell and Hicks had four points apiece. Wilson and Campbell had three and two points, respectively.
The 2018-19 Jr. Bulldogs:
Levi Lyons, Dylan Trivett, Cadon Buckles, Michael Anspaugh, JJ McElyea, Chance Point, Geno Carrico, Dalton Nave, Luke Anspaugh, Brody Hicks, Ty McElyea, Mason Wilson, Austin Bentley, Hayden Campbell, John Greenwell.
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