Happy Valley, Hampton split wins

Published 8:22 am Monday, December 11, 2017

Senior guard Dru Owens hit six first-half trey’s – scoring 20 points by the break – and Hampton’s defense and rebounding did the rest as the Bulldogs (2-1 overall) upended Happy Valley 77-70 on Thursday evening at Van Huss/White gum.

Owens finished with a game-high 29 points for the ‘Dogs who led 43-32 at the half and Hampton stormed to a 62-47 lead by the fourth quarter.

Jayden Livingston got into the three-point shooting act with three consecutive trey’s in the first period for nine points. He finished with 15 points.

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“Jayden and Dru got us off to a fast start and they shot the ball well,” Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith said. “Defensively we gave up 70 points, so we have got to get better on defense. I thought we rebounded well, Gavin Hardin had five offensive rebounds. He’s not real tall, but he’s smart and plays hard.”

The Warriors (2-5 overall) closed to 70-63 at the 2:18 mark by using a 16-6 fourth-quarter run. Noah Stevens hit a three-pointer with Bryce Carter canning a pair of deuces and senior guard Brayden Sams ignoring four personal fouls with a pair of buckets.

Carter hit a pair of free throws to cut the Hampton lead to 70-65 with 1:39 left on the clock. Owens was good for 1-for-2 from the line and after an HV turnover Jonah Jones hit a bucket in the paint for a 73-65 Bulldogs advantage.

Sams dropped in two more from the charity stripe but Livingston answered with two from the line. Kevin Whitaker hit a three for the Warriors with 18 ticks left on the clock to make it a 75-70 contest.

Surcey tallied 20 for HV with Sams adding 19 and Carter 18. For Hampton, Bentley finished with 11 points and six boards.

Hampton 77-70

Happy Valley (70)

Sams 19, Stevens 6, Whitaker 5, Surcey 20, Roberts 2, Carter 18.

Hampton (77)

Livingston 15, Owens 29, Jones 6, Croy 2, Bentley 11, Hardin 4, Davenport 4, Oaks 2.

Happy Valley 20 12 15 23 – 70

Hampton 23 20 19 13 – 77

3-point goals: HV 3 (Whitaker 1, Sams 1, Surcey 1), H 10 (Owens 6, Livingston 3, Bentley 1).


Lady Warriors run past Hampton



An 11-point run by Happy Valley to open the fourth quarter broke open a one-point game and the Lady Warriors took a 59-53 road win at Hampton on Thursday night. Kaitlyn Roberts poured in eight fourth-quarter points on a variety of drives to the hoop and the Warriors hit 8-of-12 free throws down the stretch.

“My challenge to them at halftime was to play defense,” Lady Warriors head coach Larry Abel said. “And I told them again at the start of the fourth quarter that defense would be what decided the game. They stepped up and made a nice little run and when we got patient on offense we got some good looks.”

The Lady Bulldogs led 16-12 after the first period, but HV roared back in the second stanza –

outscoring Hampton 16-11 in the period – to make it a one-point game, 29-28 at the break. Adrienne Henegar connected on four trey’s in the first half to lead all scorers with 14 halftime points.

Shyanne Tuelle, Kinzey Hill and Brooke Hughes all connected from long range for the Lady ‘Dogs (0-6 overall) in the first half of action.

The teams finished the fourth quarter in a 9-9 stalemate as Hampton led 38-37, but the Warriors (3-5 overall) began the fourth period with a basket from Henegar. Roberts followed with a deuce and Haley Green added a basket off a steal to give HV a 43-38 lead with 6:18 remaining in regulation.

Roberts hit another two pointer and Tiana Long followed with one of her own as the Warriors extended to a 47-38 lead. Long was good on 1-of-2 from the line before Tuelle ended the HV run with a jumper in the lane.

Roberts followed with a pair of free throws as HV now led 50-40. Stephanie Campbell’s free throws cut the HV lead by two, but Roberts answered with a bucket. Campbell scored once again for the ‘Dogs and Tuelle also hit a bucket as Hampton closed to within 52-46, but Long connected in the paint for HV to answer.

“We had our struggles early,” Abel said. “But I think we are improving and each day and in every practice, we are getting better and we responded the last two games. We have got to keep improving and be ready come tournament time.”

Henegar led all scorers with 17 points with Roberts adding 14 and Long 13. For Hampton, Tuelle and Campbell each tallied 14.

Happy Valley 59-53

Happy Valley (59)

Henegar 17, Long 13, Green 9, Roberts 14, Absher 6.

Hampton (53)

Campbell 14, Royston 4, Tuelle 14, Hughes 3, Guinn 13, Hill 5.

Happy Valley 12 16 9 22 – 59

Hampton 16 11 9 15 – 53

3-point goals: HV 5 (Henegar 4, Roberts 1), H 4 (Tuelle 2, Hughes 1, Hill 1)