It was a Thursday night thriller between two old rivals.
Cloudland’s Stacia Wilson scored on lay-up in the final second to propel the Lady ‘Landers to a 36-34 victory over Hampton in District 1-A action. In the boys’ game, Hampton pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 69-44 victory over Cloudland.
The girls game saw Hampton take control early.
Haley Carden and Mandy Benfield scored early for their respective teams, and the Lady Bulldogs went on a methodical 8-2 run from that point with shots from LeAnne Guin and Stephanie Campbell. That allowed HHS to take an 11-4 lead into the second.
Hampton continued to have the momentum in the second quarter by pushing the lead to 18-4. Cloudland, however, answered with a run of their own with shots from Trinity Vines and Wilson. The teams swapped buckets late as Hampton maintained a 20-11 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, the Lady ‘Landers took the momentum as Jasmine Birchfield and Kenzie Birchfield hit big shots to pull Cloudland within four going to the fourth.
Gracie Freeman helped CHS continue to hold the momentum as the sophomore gave Cloudland their first lead of the night with a 3-pointer, but Hampton answered with a pair of Brooke Hughes bucket. The teams traded buckets – and the leads – over the final minutes, and Hampton took a 34-31 lead with free throws from Brooke Hughes. The Lady ‘Landers tied the game with a K. Birchfield trey – setting the stage for Wilson’s game-winning shot.
Wilson had 12 points to lead Cloudland, while K. Birchfield, J. Birchfield and Freeman had six points apiece.
Hampton was led by Campbell’s 11 points. Hughes had nine points, while Guinn added six points.
In the boys’ game, it was a battle of runs in the first half.
The teams traded points in the opening minutes before Rocky Croy kicked off an 8-0 Hampton run. Cloudland answered quickly as Hunter Shell capped off a 7-0 CHS run to tie the game at 13-13 going to the second quarter.
The Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to open the half – highlighted by six points from Caleb Oaks – before Josh Blair broke the run. Blair and company ended the half on a 10-2 run to cut the Hampton lead to 25-23 at the half.
In the third quarter, HHS started quickly as they pushed the lead to nine points, but Cloudland answered once again to close back to four points. Hampton, however, used a quick 5-0 run that was capped by a Mitchell Tolley trey to end the quarter.
Jordan Bentley and the Bulldogs took over in the final quarter. Bentley scored 15 points in the final quarter to help Hampton pull away for the win as HHS outscored Cloudland 28-12 in the frame.
Bentley finished with 23 points to lead Hampton, while Croy had 10 points. Matt Hughes had nine points. Oaks scored eight points in the win.
Blair led Cloudland with 22 points, while Conner Birchfield and Shell had seven points apiece.
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