Hampton takes a pair from Longhorns

Published 1:50 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2023

STAR CORRESPONDENT
The Hampton Lady Bulldogs rebounded from their first loss of the 2022-23 season with a vengeance taking an 88-45 non-conference win over Johnson County, while in boys basketball action, the Bulldogs held on as the Longhorns staged a fourth-quarter rally but held on for a 70-67 victory.
“This is a big border rivalry game and it is always played tough,” Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith said. “It was a good crowd, a good atmosphere and we got into some foul trouble, but the kids responded and played well. Hayden (Campbell) was big on the boards with ten rebounds.”
Hampton (17-5 overall) got off to a slow start with 11 first-quarter points but the offense kicked into high gear in the second quarter scoring 29 points to open a 40-24 halftime advantage.
Johnson County (8-9 overall) began to rally in the third period outscoring the Bulldogs 19-14 to shave five points off the Hampton lead and continued in earnest in the fourth quarter. The Longhorns went on a quick 6-2 run to open the quarter to make it a 56-49 contest but a bucket from Geno Carrico ended the mini-run.
The ‘Horns once again closed to within nine on a deuce from junior Connor Simcox and JC added a pair of free throws for a 62-55 contest. The battle continued back and forth with free throws becoming a big part of the match. Dawson Robinson hit a trey at the buzzer to make it a three-point game but it was the ‘Dogs who proved victorious.
“We made some big shots down the stretch and played good defense,” Smith said. “We responded every time they made a run.”
GIRLS
Hampton 88
Johnson Co 45
Senior point guard Madison McClain opened the game with a sideline three-pointer and the Lady Bulldogs cruised to an easy win. Hampton (19-1 overall) had five players score in double figures and five others contributed off the bench.
“We brought good intensity tonight, whereas on Friday at halftime, we came out a little flat,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Brandon Carpenter said. “Usually, when Madi shoots well, we feed off of that and she hit a big one to open the game. We really did a good job of pushing the ball upcourt tonight.”
Hampton took a 49-26 halftime lead and blew the game wide open in the third period outscoring the Lady Longhorns 22-10 in the stanza for a 71-36 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
The team held a tribute at halftime for former Bulldogs three-sport athlete Wyatt Lyons who passed away last summer, retiring his number 14 basketball jersey.
Piper Helle had 14 points along with McClain. Senior forward Linsey Jenkins scored a game-high 16 points with Macy Henry and Taylor Berry each scoring 11 points. Hannah Smith and Faye Carrico each had eight for the ‘Dogs.
Brookanna Hutchins led Johnson County with 13 points with Aubree Glenn adding nine.
GIRLS
Hampton 88-45
Johnson Co (45)
Gentry 3, Green 3, Eller 3, Icenhour 2, Hutchins 13, Glenn 9, Robinson 2, Baird 6, Thompson 4.
Hampton (88)
Helle 14, McClain 14, Henry 11, Jenkins 16, Berry 11, L. Smith 3, H. Smith 8, Estep 2, Carrico 8
Nickles 1.
Johnson Co 14 12 10 9 – 45
Hampton 26 23 22 17 – 88
3 point goals: JC 4 (Baird 2, Green 1, Glenn 1), H 4 (McClain 1, Henry 1, L. Smith 1, H. Smith
1).
BOYS
Hampton 70-67
Johnson Co (67)
Pierce 9, West 8, Jennings 2, Robinson 19, Pavusek 8, Simcox 13.
Hampton (70)
Trivett 1, Anspaugh 5, Buckles 23, Campbell 22, Robinson 6, Carrico 13.
Johnson Co 7 17 19 24 – 67
Hampton 11 29 14 16 – 70
3 point goals: JC 5 (Robinson 3, West 2), H 2 (Anspaugh 1, Buckles 1)

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