It was another county rival match-up on Thursday night, and Hampton left Warrior Hill with a varsity sweep
The Bulldogs pulled away right before the half to take a 53-48 victory over previously undefeated Happy Valley, while the Lady Bulldogs held on to take a 53-50 win over the Lady Warriors.
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In the nightcap, both boys squads traded early baskets before Dakota Crumbly and Charlie Butler hit shots to power Hampton to an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Happy Valley pulled within one point on a Sam Blevins jumpsuit to start the second quarter. However, Baker drained a trey to spark a 10-1 run to give the Bulldogs a 23-12 advantage at the half.
The third quarter saw Austin Hicks hit back-to-back shots to pull the Warriors within four points. Nathan Norris, however, answered for Hampton with a 3-pointer that started a 13-2 run to end the third quarter with a 15-point lead for the Bulldogs. In the final quarter, Hampton continued to slowly add to their advantage to take the win.
Butler led all scorers with 14 points, while Norris and Wyatt Lyons added 10 points apiece. Blevins paced the Warriors with eight points.
The girls’ game saw a back-and-forth battle from the opening tip. After the Lady Warriors opened with a 4-0 run that included a Charli Bare basket, Shyanne Tuelle countered with a basket of the own. The teams traded points the rest of the quarter that was capped off by a Kalee Johnson basket to give Happy Valley a 16-10 advantage.
The second quarter saw defenses rise to the occasion. Hope Bridgeman hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Bulldogs that started a 9-2 run over the final six minutes of the first half – including a Kenzie Hill jumper to tie the game at 19-19 at the half.
In the third quarter, Johnson opened the scoring for Happy Valley, but Alexus Grubbs sparked a 13-1 run. Johnson battled back with six straight points of the Lady Warriors to close the gap to 35-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Johnson and the Lady Warriors tried to battle back in the final period. However, Hampton held on in the closing minutes to take the victory.
Tuelle and Grubbs led the way with 14 points for Hampton, and Megan Garland finished with 11 points.
Johnson led all scorers with 24 points.
Hampton Girls’ Head Coach Bud Hazelwood
Happy Valley Girls’ Head Coach Larry Abel
Hampton Boys’ Head Coach Ned Smith
Happy Valley Boys’ Head Coach Chuck Babb
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