Photo Gallery: Hampton, Unaka Split District Openers



It was a split night on Stoney Creek.

The Lady Rangers jumped out early and then held on for a 61-42 victory, while the Bulldogs rolled early and took a 75-34 victory over the home-standing Rangers.

In the girls’ game, Unaka held the momentum early.

Lyndie Ramsey scored nine early points as UHS raced out to a 15-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Piper Helle and Macy Henry put Hampton on the board, but the Lady Rangers held a 17-4 lead after a quarter of play.

Hampton continued to battle as Madi McClain and Henry hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Lady Bulldogs within four points just past the midpoint of the second quarter. Unaka used a quick 7-2 run to stop the Lady Bulldog run to take a 30-21 lead at the break.

The teams swapped points for the opening minutes of the second half before the Lady Rangers methodically added to their lead.

A quick 8-0 Hampton run trimmed the Unaka lead to 10 points at the end of the third, but there were unable to close the gap any further in the final eight minutes.

Ramsey had a game-high 26 points to pace Unaka.

Mailey Guy had 13 points, while Tara Whitehead, Macy Ensor, and Kiki Forney had six points apiece.

Henry had 17 points to lead Hampton, while Taylor Berry added nine points. McClain and Helle had eight and six points, respectively.

In the boys’ game, Hampton came out of the gates quickly.

Isaiah McCoury had back-to-back 3-pointers to open the scoring and kickstart a 14-0 Hampton run to open the game. Joe-Z Blamo broke the run with an Unaka jumper, but the Bulldogs scored the next three points to take a 17-2 lead into the second quarter.

The Rangers continued to battle, but Hampton was able to extend the lead out.

The Bulldogs held a 45-12 lead at the half.

From there, Hampton was able to keep Unaka at bay to secure the win.

Conor Burleson had 12 points to lead the Hampton effort, while Dalton Holtsclaw had eight points. Michael Harrison, Camdon Buckles, Logan Whitehead, and Morgan Lyons had seven points apiece.

Gavin Seigfried and Blamo had seven points apiece to lead Unaka. Joseph Slagle added six points.

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