Hampton gave the top-seeded Lady Rebels a championship fight. Unfortunately, the Lady Bulldogs came up on the winning run.
Hampton came up short in a 52-48 defeat to South Greene in the District 1-A Girls Championship game on Friday night at Daniel Boone High School.
Tatum Street opened the scoring with a jumper after Hampton maintained the ball for nearly a minute after winning the opening tip. Kenzie Schmaltz answered with two straight baskets for the Lady Rebels. However, Kim Swearingen and Shyanne Tuelle kicked off an 11-2 Hampton run that gave the Lady Bulldogs a seven-point lead. Alexus Grubbs knocked a trey at the buzzer to push the Hampton lead to 18-10 heading to the second quarter.
The South Greene defense nearly stole the show in the second quarter by limiting Hampton to just two field goals. The Hampton defense, however, kept South Greene flustered on the offensive end, but a 8-0 Lady Rebels run gave South Greene a 25-22 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Alexis Bowers scored the quarter’s first four points to push Hampton back into the lead. Grubbs and Tuelle added baskets to give the Lady Bulldogs a six-point advantage. South Greene saw Taylor Lamb score nine straight points that bookmarked a Bowers’ trey to tie the game at 34-34 with 2:48 to play in the frame. The teams traded points to end the quarter as South Greene held a 39-38 lead after three.
Bowers pushed Hampton back into the lead to open the final eight minutes of play, but Lamb answered for the Lady Rebels on the opposite end Street and Grubbs added free throws, and a Bowers trey at the 4:35 mark gave the Lady Bulldogs a 45-43 lead.
South Greene, however, saw Lindsey Cutshaw regain the lead with an old-fashioned 3-point play that sparked a 7-0 run. Hampton cut the gap to two with 1:32 to play with a Grubbs corner 3-pointer, but that was as close as the Lady Bulldogs could get in the final minute.
Bowers led the way for Hampton with 13 points, while Tuelle had nine points. Grubbs recorded eight points. Street tallied seven points with Kim Swearingen scoring six points for the Hampton cause.
Lamb led South Greene with 13 points, all of which came in the second half.
Hampton will open the Region 1-A tournament on Monday at home.
Hampton Head Coach Bud Hazelwood