HAMPTON, Tenn – It was a district championship atmosphere between cross county rivals within Bulldog Country that went in favor of the blue and white late.
Stone Hutchinson finished with a double-double while Stanley Valentine filed 17 points during Hampton’s 51-48 come-from-behind victory over Johnson County in non-conference play Friday night inside the Dog Pound in Carter County.
The Bulldogs (21-7) trailed with under a minute remaining in the contest when Adam McClain was able to snag a rebound and caught Valentine for the go-ahead layup, moving Hampton ahead 49-48.
McClain did the honors of placing the icing on the cake, going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe with 29.9 remaining to secure the final score.
The Longhorns caught the advantage in the early going, netting the 10-5 at the end of the first. Both teams traded buckets in the second, with Jerry Lunsford keeping the deficit at five (26-21) after a pair of free throws before the half.
Hutchinson (11 points, 10 rebounds) came alive in the second half, netting nine points including a key three-pointer with 2:38 in the fourth, capping off a self-propelled five-point run by the senior.
Coby Jones (six points) and McClain combined for 10 points and four assists from their point guard spots, primarily in the second half.
Nathan Norris finished with five points, including a three-pointer, while Lunsford, Cheyenne Camillo, Charlie Butler and Wyatt Lyons finished with two points each.
Lady Bulldogs 66
Lady Longhorns 37
12 girls hit the scoring column as the Lady Bulldogs (15-10) raced paced Johnson County to a blowout victory.
Alexis Bowers, Kenzi Greenwell and Tori Miller each stroked a three-pointer in the opening frame as Hampton went out in front, 21-3.
Miller (13 points) cashed her the final two of her three from behind the arc in the second quarter, joined by a pair from Hope Bridgeman, to prop the Lady ‘Dogs at 41-11 at intermission.
Shyanne Tuelle joined Miller in double figures with 12 points on the night while Alexus Grubbs nearly hit double figures with eight points and dished out a pair of assists.
Madison Neumann, Kim Swearingen and Bowers each netted five points while Kinzey Hill and Greenwell added three apiece.
Madi Weir, Megan Garland and Tatum Street rounded out the scoring for HHS with two points each.
AROUND THE COURT
Hampton senior Alexis Bowers was honored following the conclusion of the contest for surpassing the 500-plus assist plateau for her career … Hampton will celebrate senior night on Monday in their regular season home finale in non-conference action against Unicoi County.
Monday, Feb. 16 – Unicoi County at Hampton