It was a 3-pointer from the corner, but was by far the biggest shot of the year on the state’s biggest state
Hampton’s Adam McClain drained a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation in the TSSAA Class A Quarterfinals to power the Bulldogs to an 80-70 victory over Clay County. The win advanced Hampton to the Class A semifinals.
A semifinal berth seemed unlikely at times for Hampton inside the Murphy Center, especially when Clay County’s Wyatt Mabry made both ends of a one-and-one free throw opportunity to give Clay County a 65-62 lead with 10.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Clay County, as it had all game, made a concerted effort on the final possession of regulation to defend leading Hampton scorer Coby Jones, but senior Nathan Norris ended up with the ball on the left wing and drew an extra defender.
So Norris passed to an open McClain in the left corner. There wasn’t enough time to think about missing it, and McClain’s shot went through the net while the buzzer sounded.
“I was wide open in the corner because they helped off and I just shot it,” McClain said. “It was amazing.”
From there, Hampton rolled in the extra period to advance in the state tournament.
Check back for more honorees of our Best of Carter County Sports awards over the next two weeks.
2016 Best of Carter County Sports Honorees
Male Athlete of the Year: Coby Jones, Hampton
Female Athlete of the Year: Kalee Johnson, Happy Valley
Moment of the Year: Adam McClain buzzer beater against Clay County