Bulldogs fall in heartbreaking overtime loss to West Greene

Published 5:01 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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By Larry N. Souders & Chris Tolley

In a game of momentum swings, the Buffaloes of West Greene outpaced the Bulldogs of Hampton, claiming third place in the District 1-2A consolation game.

The overtime period hinged on a pair of free throws by West Greene’s Brocke Winstead and a missed open three-point attempt by the Bulldogs, giving the Buffaloes a two-point lead they maintained until the end.

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The Bulldogs surged ahead in the first quarter, taking a 20-10 lead fueled by eight points from Hayden Campbell and six from Geno Carrico. However, the Buffaloes mounted a comeback in the second quarter, outscoring Hampton 17-10 to close the gap to 31-27 at halftime.

Both teams exchanged runs in the third quarter, resulting in a seesaw battle that saw the Bulldogs leading 46-40, thanks in part to Dylan Trivett’s timely five points.

The fourth quarter saw a back-and-forth exchange, culminating in a three-pointer by West Greene’s Braden McCamey, giving the Buffaloes a tie at 56 all and pushing the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, the Buffaloes surged to an early lead, but Hampton fought back to a tie with under a minute left. However, a foul by Hampton with 17 seconds remaining sent West Greene’s Brocke Winstead to the line, where he secured the win with two successful free throws.

Coach Ned Smith called a timeout to devise Hampton’s final play. Despite a wide-open three-point attempt by Michael Anspaugh that rimmed out and a fall-away putback attempt by Geno Carrico, time expired with the Bulldogs falling short.

The Bulldogs will embark on their first-ever Region 1 AA game on Saturday at Alcoa, with game time set for 7 PM.

District 1-AA Consolation Game:

Daniel Boone High School – Bobby Snyder Gymnasium

West Greene 64, Hampton 62

West Greene (64): Winstead 13, Campbell 17, M. McCamey 4, Lamons 9, B. McCamey 18, Britton 3

Hampton (62): Trivett 8, Campbell 17, Carrico 16, Anspaugh 13, Point 3, Fagan 4, Davenport 3

West Greene: 10 17 13 16 8 – 64

Hampton: 20 11 15 10 6 – 62