6th Annual Sullivan East Thanksgiving Classic… Lady Bulldogs outgunned by East
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
BLUFF CITY – The Hampton Lady Bulldogs were hoping to upset the home-standing Sullivan East Lady Patriots inside the Dyer Dome on Monday night during the 6th Annual Sullivan East Thanksgiving Classic.
But in the end, the Lady ‘Dogs were more like a gobbler trying to survive his fate on a Thanksgiving dinner table as the Lady Patriots took advantage of second and third opportunities and Hampton turnovers to take a 64-34 win on the opening day of the tourney.
Neither team shot impressively well in the first half as East built a 37-17 halftime advantage on the strength of taking advantage of second and third chances on the offensive board as Hampton just couldn’t seem to find a rebound in the early going.
Hampton struggled on the offensive end as well in digging an early deep hole.
Linsey Jenkins and Madison McClain led the offensive attack in the half for Hampton as each knocked down a trey and a couple more points each to finish with five apiece in the half.
Skylar Hicks also dropped in a long-range trey to add three for Coach Bud Hazelwood’s team while Sara Orr and Bre Davis closed out the scoring in the half with two points each.
Things went from bad to worse coming out of the break for the Lady Bulldogs as they were colder than the Polar icecap hitting only three in the third quarter while East appeared to have zoned in with their shooting to take the period 17-3 and push their halftime edge up to 54-20 and from there it was just a matter of completing the final eight minutes of play.
If there was a bright spot in the second half for Hampton it was the fourth quarter shooting of Destini Milhorn who found the touch to stroke three treys in the period as she and Jenkins tied for high-scoring honors for the Lady ‘Dogs.
McClain finished with five points in the contest with Hicks adding three points.
Nicole Guy, Bre Davis, Alyssa Lambert, and Orr finished with two points each to close out the scoring log for Hampton.
The game was the opening contest of the season as the Lady ‘Dogs returned back to action on Tuesday against the Lady Blaze of Virginia.