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Hampton Middle School boys, girls split contests in sectional matchups

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT

HAMPTON – While area high schools are nearing the end of the regular season in terms of boys and girls hoops, middle school squads around the region are right in the heart of postseason play.

Wednesday, Hampton Middle School’s boys and girls lineups looked to keep the campaign alive in two separate sectional contests.

The Lady Bulldogs would kick things off against the Gray Middle School Lady Knights, and it was Hampton that would take control of the game early, eventually going up by a score of 14-6 after the first period.

And it would be the same story in the second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs would continue to pour it on while holding the Lady Knights scoreless in the stanza.

Heading into the break, it was Hampton on top 20-6.

And while the Lady Knights tried everything in their power to get back into this one, it wouldn’t be enough as the Lady Bulldogs went on to win by a score of 32-21.

In the win, the Lady Bulldogs were led by Hannah Smith with 14 points followed by Brea Hicks who scored five points as well as both Faye Carrico and Piper Helle who dropped four points apiece.

Next, it would be the Hampton boys taking the court as they would face off against the Tigers of Jonesborough.

A tightly contested matchup from the start, it would be the Tigers that would jump out in front, going on an 11-0 run to get things going.

Not soon after it would be the Bulldogs storming back, but Jonesborough would quickly take back the momentum, ending the quarter up over Hampton 23-7.

The second quarter of play would be when the floodgates would begin to open for the Tigers, as they would outscore the Bulldogs 18-12 and go up by 22 points at the half, 41-19.

The Bulldogs would begin to work their way back into a manageable spot after coming out of the halftime break, but the Jonesborough offense would kickstart towards the end of the period. Heading into the final quarter, the Tigers were still on top, 54-35.

And after it was all said and done, the Bulldogs just couldn’t find their way back as Jonesborough would go on to win by a score of 70-49.

For the Bulldogs, Dominique Burleson led the team with 15 points while Tyler Blevins followed closely with 12 of his own.