Bulldogs advance past Hancock County

Published 11:31 am Monday, February 27, 2023

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The Hampton Bulldogs offensive machine was on full display on Saturday in the Region1A quarterfinal played at Van Huss / White gymnasium. Four Bulldogs players scored double figures as Hampton (24-7) sent Hancock County home for the season with an 88-55 victory that propels the ‘Dogs to the region semifinal.
“The kids played good defense and we had 15 assists,” said Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith. “We shot 51 percent and I thought Hayden did a good job defensively in the post against their big guy. He didn’t foul and he played straight up. We played a lot of kids off the bench and had a good rotation.”
The ‘Dogs were challenged by Hancock County (7-25) in the first period as forward Brady Swiney dropped in a pair of trey’s and guard Noah Belcher had one as well. Hampton took an 18-15 advantage into the second period and that’s when the wheels fell off for the Indians.
Hampton outscored Hancock 25-8 in the stanza to open a 43-23 halftime lead; from there, the blowout was fully on. The Tribe showed a willingness to battle the Bulldogs but did not have the firepower to overcome the deficit.
Senior guard Cadon Buckles scored a game-high 20 points finishing off his night with a midcourt steal and a dunk, while junior guard Michael Anspaugh finished with 18 points. Others in double figures for the ‘Dogs were Geno Carrico with 15 points and Hayden Campbell with 13.
For the Indians, Swiney led the way with 17 points, backed by 15 points from post Chandler Ferguson and ten from Belcher.
Region 1A Quarterfinal
Hampton 88-55
Hancock Co (55)
Belcher 10, Swiney 17, C. Ferguson 15, L. Ferguson 2, Wallen 2, Keck 4, Fugate 5.
Hampton (88)
Lyons 4, Trivett 4, Anspaugh 18. Buckles 20, Campbell 13, Davis 3, Point 5, Di. Nave 2,
Robinson 4, Carrico 15.
Hancock Co. 15 8 20 12 – 55
Hampton 18 25 28 17 – 88
3-point goals: HC 7 (Swiney 4, Belcher 2, Fugate 1), H 5 (Buckles 2, Anspaugh 1, Davis 1, Point 1)

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