Hampton sweeps past University High

Published 12:24 am Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sophomore forward Morgan Lyons sank a buzzer-beater off a feed from fellow sophomore Conor Jones as Hampton trimmed University High 52-50 on Friday night at Van Huss-White Gymnasium in a Watauga Valley Conference basketball contest.
“We had 16 assists as a team tonight,” Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith said. “We shared the ball real well. Conor found Morgan cutting to the hole and Morgan caught it and put it in. Meredith is as good as they come and I think we played good defense on him and (Fleenor) tonight.”
All-Conference forward Kaleb Meredith had a game-high 19 points but the Hampton defense kept him in check down the stretch. Lyons had a team-high eight first-half points as the ‘Dogs took a 25-23 halftime advantage and he finished with a team-high 18 points.
Jones added seven while guard Marshall Fleenor led all scorers with 10 first-half points for University High. Meredith came to life in the third period for the Bucs with 11 points to help UH to a 41-37 lead going into the final stanza.
Meredith ended the period with 15 total points to lead all scorers. Lyons had back-to-back buckets in the fourth quarter to give Hampton a 48-45 lead but Fleenor cashed in on a three-point play to knot the game at 48-48.
Senior post player Caleb Oaks hit a bucket in the paint for a 50-48 Bulldogs lead but Meredith hit his last shot of the night for a 50-50 score with 10 seconds left.
The ‘Dogs (18-8, 7-1 WVC) inbounded to Jones who raced up the home sideline pivoted and found Lyons cutting to the hole for the final bucket of the game.
“Me and Conor been playing together since Youth Club,” Lyons said. “They call us Shake and Bake and he knows where to find me. We played good defense on number 3 and 30 tonight. They can put up a lot of points so we needed to shut them down.”
Hampton 52-50
UH (50)
Fleenor 16, Carter 4, Meredeth 19, Broome 6, Blowers 5.
Hampton (52)
Hughes 5, Oaks 10, Croy 4, Bentley 8, Jones 7, Lyons 18.
3-point goals: UH 3 (Fleenor 2, Meredith), H 2 (Hughes, Jones).
The Lady Buccaneers, desperate for their first win of the season, played Hampton tight in this one. It would not happen on this night as the Lady Bulldogs put on a fourth-quarter scoring exhibition that blew the game wide open and Hampton rolled to a win.
“We got to play some defense tonight,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Bud Hazelwood said. “They turned it over more than we stole it, but we got to have some fun.
“When you are having fun, no pressure the ball seems to go in the net. We had three freshmen hit three’s in the fourth quarter. I can’t brag on Nicole Guy enough. She had her best game of the season.”
Guy had eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs. Hampton (7-18, 4-4 WVC) led 26-21 at the half on the strength of 10 points from senior guard Hannah Collins.
The Bucs (0-23, 0-8) senior post player Mauri Johnson was again a force in the paint with 10 first-half points, with Katie Stancil knocking down a pair of treys for her six-point, first-half effort.
Collins had seven in the first period as the Lady Bulldogs built a 14-10 advantage. Destini Milhorn and Bridgette Heaton each had first-half treys for Hampton.
Hampton added to its lead in the third quarter and took a 38-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Lady ‘Dogs would do some serious damage to UH’s hopes with a 23-0 run to open the period with Linsey Jenkins, Sara Orr, Chloe Watson and Milhorn each knocking down long-range buckets to make it a 61-31 contest.
Delaney Trosin’s deuce with 2:11 remaining stopped the Bulldogs run.
Collins finished with a game-high 15 points for Hampton while Johnson had 12 for the Bucs.
Hampton 64-36
UH (36)
Rice 1, Trosin 9, Stancil 6, Lopez 2, Owen 6, Johnson 12.
Hampton (64)
McClain 2, Heaton 5, Collins 15, Jenkins 9, Brumitt 6, Orr 5, Milhorn 8, Guy 8, Watson 3, Davis 1. Nickles 2.
UH           10 11  10   5 – 36
Hampton 14 12 12 26 – 64
3-point goals: UH 4 (Stancil 2, Owen 2), H 6 (Milhorn 2, Jenkins, Heaton, Orr, Watson).

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