Hampton splits with Highlanders in non-conference clash

Published 9:29 am Monday, December 18, 2023

STAR CORRESPONDENT

Cloudland played Hampton nearly even in the first quarter – trailing just 20-16 – but scored just 15 points over the next three quarters as the Bulldogs rolled to a 72-31 non-conference victory.

In girls’ hoop action, the Lady Highlanders remained unbeaten at 10-0 with a 42-28 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

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“Our defense turned up a notch in the second half,” Bulldogs head coach Ned Smith said. “We had 19 assists and 18 steals and we had several guys play well. Geno Carrico played real well, Dylan Trivett drove to the hole aggressively and Tuff Robinson had four threes. We played 10 or 11 in our rotation and we got after it on the defensive side of the ball.”

The ‘Dogs (4-4 overall) won their third straight game by taking control in the second period outscoring Cloudland 20-7 in the stanza to make it a 40-23 halftime advantage. Hampton was led by Chance Point and Robinson, who each scored 12 points, with Trivett adding 11.

For Cloudland, Nick Caraway scored a team-high 12 points, with Cooper Smith chipping in with 10 points.

BOYS

Hampton 72-31

Hampton (72)

Trivett 11, Point 12, Robinson 12, Anspaugh 2, Campbell 9, McElyea 2, Fagen 4, Carrico 9,

Davenport 7, Church 2, Blevins 2.

Cloudland (31)

Smith 10, Caraway 12, K. Cole 4, Barrett 3, G. Cole 2.

Hampton 20 20 17 15 – 72

Cloudland 16 7 3 5 – 31

3-point goals: H 5 (Robinson 4, Davenport 1), C 3 (Caraway 2, Barrett 1)

GIRLS

Cloudland 42, Hampton 28

Isabella Christman dominated in the post with 13 points and seven rebounds as the Lady Highlanders defeated Hampton. The ‘Landers led 18-11 after one period, and the scoring pace slowed considerably in the second and third quarters, with neither team reaching double-digit scoring.

Cloudland led 22-17 at the half and 29-23 going into the final stanza. Macy Henry scored all seven of her points in the second half and had all five of Hampton’s fourth-quarter points.

“I thought our defense was the difference,” Lady Highlanders head coach Matt Birchfield said. “This game was a defensive battle and that’s what got us over the hump. Late in the game Ryan (Turbyfill) got going and had a big three. It’s a good start for the girls and the key is keeping everyone healthy.”

Reagan Blair had 12 points with Turbyfill adding 10 to the ‘Landers stat sheet. For Hampton, Faye Carrico led the way with eight points with Piper Helle adding six.

GIRLS

Cloudland 42-28

Hampton (28)

Helle 6, Henry 7, Hicks 5, Carrico 8, Berry 2

Cloudland (42)

Blair 12, Shell 2, McKinney 5, Turbyfill 10, Christman 13

Hampton 11 6 6 5 – 28

Cloudland 18 4 7 13 – 42

3-point goals: H 0, C 2 (Turbyfill 2)