Jr. ‘Dogs open sectionals with win over Rogersville City
Published 10:26 pm Monday, January 31, 2022
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FROM STAFF REPORTS
It was cold outside Saturday in Kingsport but the action was hot inside John Sevier Middle School as the Hampton Jr. Bulldogs opened 2022 boy’s sectional play against Rogersville City Schools.
When the final horn sounded, the Jr. ‘Dogs came out with a solid, hard-fought victory, 39-36.
Hampton jumped out front early taking a 7-3 lead at the first stop of the game. A trey from Caden Davis and a deuce each from Connor McKinney and Dylan Campbell helped to build the four-point lead.
Zack Voiles scored two points in the quarter for Rogersville.
The second quarter flipped the script before the half as Rogersville outscored the Jr. ‘Dogs 14-3 to make it a 17-10 Rogersville lead at the break.
Landon Jeffers got hot for Rogersville in the quarter scoring seven to lead the charge. McKinney scored a deuce and Jamie Turbyfill hit 1-of-2 from the foul line to account for Hampton’s points.
Whatever message Coach Leon Tolley gave at the half was well received by the ‘Dogs as they turned it on in the third to outscore Rogersville 17-6 to retake the lead at 27-23 heading into the final quarter.
Turbyfill dropped in six points in the period while McKinney hit five to turn the tide for the ‘Dogs. Davis, Logan Lunsford, and Campbell contributed two points in the quarter as well.
The fourth quarter had fans on the edge of their seats as Rogersville made a comeback bid but that bid fell short as both teams battled basket for basket with Rogersville getting the one-point edge in the period 13-12 with the ‘Dogs hold on for the win by three.
Davis led the ‘Dogs in scoring with 11 points while McKinney contributed with 10. Turbyfill finished the contest with nine points followed by Campbell and Lunsford with four points apiece. Ezra Tolley added one point.
Jeffers led Rogersville with 18 points. Lofton Hayes added eight in the loss.
Hampton plays again on Monday at 4:30 p.m. against Ridgeview at John Sevier Middle School.