Hampton secures convincing victories against Chuckey Doak

Published 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Chuckey Doak’s visit to VanHuss-White Gym brought forth an evening of intense conference basketball showdowns.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Dogs led 17-11 after the first quarter against the Lady Knights. Despite relentless pressure from the Lady Knights, the Lady Dogs extended their lead to 35-14 by halftime. With a firm hold on the game, the Lady Dogs widened the gap to twenty points, leading 57-37 entering the final period. Despite efforts from the Lady Knights, they couldn’t bridge the divide, leading to a convincing 74-48 victory for the Lady Dogs. With this win, the Lady Dogs improved their overall record to 16-9, boasting an impressive 8-1 conference play record.

In the boys’ game, the Bulldogs aimed to avenge an earlier season loss at Doak. Despite Doak’s early 17-7 lead in the first quarter, the Bulldogs rallied with a spirited 10-0 run to tie the game at 17 by the quarter’s end. Continuing their momentum into the second quarter, the Bulldogs forced turnovers and surged to a 42-26 lead by halftime, erasing a ten-point deficit. The third quarter saw Doak fail to close the gap, trailing 60-44 entering the final quarter. Although the Knights briefly narrowed the margin to twelve points in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs swiftly regained control, securing an 86-66 victory. This win improved the Bulldogs’ overall record to 15-9, highlighting a notable 7-2 conference play record.

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The victory sets the stage for a potentially decisive conference title game against West Greene, offering a chance to create a three-way tie for the conference title. Chuckey Doak has already secured the #1 seed in the District Tourney, while Hampton claims the #2 seed, and South Greene secures the third seed. Up next, Cloudland visits for a highly anticipated county rivalry matchup, featuring the undefeated Lady Highlanders against the Lady Dogs. Additionally, despite a challenging season, the Cloudland boys are anticipated to bring their best effort against the Bulldogs in what promises to be an intense matchup.