Lady Eagles overcome Hampton in region tournament

Published 8:13 am Monday, February 26, 2018

The Hampton Lady Bulldogs would cut it close Friday night but couldn’t escape Cosby with a Region 1-A Tournament win.
Off a 3-pointer from Hampton senior Shyanne Tuelle, Hampton took a one-point lead with three minutes left in the game. The Lady Eagles, however, rattled off eight unanswered points to take a 43-36 victory, advancing themselves to the region semifinals which will be played at Cocke County High School.
“We just didn’t make shots,” said Hampton head coach Bud Hazelwood. “They didn’t play harder than us. We just didn’t get shots to fall. That just happens sometimes.
One player that turned the heads of many in the stands was Hampton’s Leann Guinn who hustled throughout the night and always seemed to come up with rebounds or loose balls. Guinn also had numerous defensive stops for the Lady Bulldogs as she laid it all out on the floor.
“Leann got her mojo back tonight,” said Hazelwood. “She played her heart out. She played harder than anybody on the floor on either team, I thought.”
Friday’s game was close throughout. After one, the Lady Eagles held a tiny 12-11 lead after Tuelle followed up a layup from teammate Stephanie Campbell with a 3-pointer late in the quarter.
Cosby opened the second period with nine straight points to climb out 21-11 before Campbell ended the Lady Bulldogs’ scoring drought with a trey. Campbell would hit a late shot to cut Cosby lead to 21-17 heading into the half.
Hampton fell behind 26-19 midway through the third before Lady Bulldog Brooke Hughes hit two 3-pointers to help cut Cosby’s lead to 33-28  heading into the fourth.
For Hampton, Campbell led with 12 points while Tuelle finished with 10.
Cosby’s Bralyn McGaha had a game-high 19 points.

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