Hampton girls, boys open Class A Area 1 tournament with wins
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
HAMPTON – The Class A Area 1 basketball tournament is in full swing with two games played at Hampton Elementary School on Tuesday evening involving both the Hampton girls and boys teams.
The first game of the evening saw the Hampton Jr. Lady Bulldogs fire out of the gate to take a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and never look back in defeating the Little Milligan Lady Buffaloes.
Hampton’s Brea Hicks and Hannah Smith led their team in scoring with eight points apiece in the contest but had plenty of help in this one. Piper Helle scored seven while Ella Eastep, Faye Carrico, and Abbie Lunsford all chipped in with six points in the victory.
Taylor Geisler’s four points and Chloe Trivett’s two closed out the scoring for the Lady Jr. ‘Dogs.
Little Milligan was paced in the loss by Kenzi McClain with 10 points. Katlyn Campbell added eight points while Trinity Cornett finished with 4.
In the nightcap, a very physical contest saw the home-standing Hampton Jr. ‘Dogs fight off a determined and pesky Unaka Jr. Ranger team by a 40-25 score.
Dominque Burleson was racing up and down the floor on both ends as he led the Jr. ‘Dogs in scoring with 10 points in the contest. AJ Green added eight points in the win including a pair of treys while Hampton also got six points from Noah Nichols who was pounding underneath the basket.
Connor McKinney and Tyler Blevins chipped in with five points in the victory. Evan Porter used his height underneath to pull down several rebounds and forcing the Unaka bigs to kick the ball back to the outside. Porter finished with two points.
Austin Lambert had a big night for Unaka scoring 17 of his team’s 25 points in the contest from both inside and out.
Collin Deyton added a deep trey while Jackson Deyton also totaled three points. Sully Perkins finished with two points.
“At the first of the game we weren’t really playing too hard,” said Porter after the contest. “I think that we went into the game already thinking that we were going to win so we didn’t play hard but in the end, we finally pulled out the win. It was really physical out there.
“We will have to play harder in our next game.”