Unaka earns a split with Hampton

Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 17, 2018


High school basketball returned to Carter County after the snowstorm with Unaka visiting Hampton to take on the Bulldogs. A slow start doomed the Rangers, who fell behind 16-1 in the first quarter, and Hampton went on to an easy 68-53 victory in Mountain East Conference action.

“These kids got to understand that it is a 32-minute game,” Rangers head coach Aaron Dugger said. “They hit us 17-2 with three minutes left in the first quarter, so we played like, 29 minutes and in those three minutes Hampton can put you down. You have to play catchup and your whole game plan goes out the window.”

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The ‘Dogs led 24-9 after the first quarter and 38-19 at the half with senior post Jordan Bentley and guard Isaak Hill each scoring eight points and Morgan Lyons chipping in with seven.

Unaka (3-5, 0-1 MEC) played much better in the second half outscoring Hampton 34-31 but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first half woes. Senior guard Isaac Hill led all scorers with 19 points for Unaka and forward Ryan Johnson added 15 points on five 3-balls.

Bentley led the way for the ‘Dogs (8-1, 1-0 MEC) with 15 points, followed by Lyons with 11 and Isaak Hill and Garrett Vines who each had 10.

“I thought we came out hot and played really well,” said Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith. “Unaka started taking it to the hole in the second half. Hill did a good job taking it to the hole and they shot really well in the second half. We made our free throws down the stretch with Conor (Jones) shooting five of six and Jonah was three-for-four.”


Unaka 46

Hampton 33

The Lady Rangers opened with a 12-3 first quarter and were not threatened from there. Junior guard Cydney Forney hit a 3-ball for Unaka (4-6, 1-0 MEC)and senior post Myah Parlier collected a near double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds.

“It was a great team effort,” said Lady Rangers head coach Kenneth Chambers. “Stephaine Campbell is one of the best players around and she can beat you by herself if you don’t know where she is. Myah had a good game offensively. She missed a few easy ones, but if we can learn to hit shots we’ll be tough to beat. Savannah did a good job running the show on the floor tonight.”

The Rangers took a 27-15 halftime advantage with Parlier contributing 13 points and six boards and Forney had five points, two rebounds and a pair of steals. Unaka led 30-18 after a 3-ball from guard Madison Pierce and Kiki Forney followed with one of her own for a 33-18 Rangers lead at the 3:54 mark of the third period.

Senior guard Stephanie Campbell stopped the bleeding for Hampton (2-7, 0-1 MEC)with a pair of free throws but Macy Ensor dropped in a trey for the Rangers giving them a 35-25 advantage. Hampton missed it’s first 10 shots of the fourth period before Brooke Hughes knocked down a deuce and make it a 42-32 game at the 1:11 mark of regulation.

For Hampton, Hughes led the way with 14 points while Campbell added 12.


Unaka 46-33

Unaka (46)

Pierce 3, T. Whitehead 2, J. Whitehead 4, C. Forney 5, K. Forney 3, Ensor 5, Parlier 20

Hampton (33)

Campbell 12, Carden 2, Hughes 14, Guinn 2, Camillo 3.

Unaka 12 15 11 8 – 46

Hampton 3 12 15 3 – 33

3-point goals: U 4 (K. Forney 1, Pierce 1, C. Forney 1, Ensor 1), H 5 (Campbell 2, Hughes 2, Camillo 1)


Hampton 68-53

Unaka (53)

Slagle 6, Johnson 15, Hill 19, Drew 1, Ensor 2, Ramsey 4, Rasnick 4, Whitehead 2.

Hampton (68)

    1. Jones 5, J. Jones 2, Tolley 5, Hughes 7, Hill 10, Lyons 11, Vines 10, Oaks 1, Croy 2, Bentley 15.

Unaka 9 10 19 15 – 53

Hampton 24 14 18 12 – 68

3-point goals: U 6 (Johnson 5, Slagle 1), H 7 (Bentley 2, Hill 2, Vines 1, Tolley 1, Hughes 1)