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Bulldogs, Lady Highlanders roll to league wins

Matt Laws • Updated Jan 17, 2020 at 10:14 PM

The Hampton boys basketball team was firing on all cylinders Friday night.

The Bulldogs defended homecourt in a crucial Watauga Valley Conference game as they dispatched Cloudland 65-38.

In the girls’ game, Cloudland used a strong defensive effort to take a 56-25 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Boys action resulted in the Bulldogs (14-8, 4-1 WVC) methodically pulling away.

The teams traded points in the early going as Elijah Blair and Hunter Blair hit shots for Cloudland to counter Hampton buckets from Conor Jones and Caleb Oaks. The Bulldogs got a shot of momentum as the first-quarter buzzer sounded as Matt Hughes knocked down a 3-pointer to push Hampton to a 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.

That shot sparked a quick 7-0 Hampton run. After the ‘Landers trimmed to lead back to single digits, Hampton ended the half on an 11-4 run — including five points from Morgan Lyons — to take a 34-20 lead at the half.

Cloudland (12-7, 2-2) opened the third quarter with two quick baskets from Bentley Gilbert, but Hampton took control of the game by ending the quarter on a 16-3 run.

Garrett Vines led Hampton with 10 points, while Lyons finished with nine points. Jordan Bentley, Hughes, Oaks and Jones had eight points apiece.

Cloudland saw Gilbert tally eight points to lead all scorers. Hayden Shell had seven points, and Dylan Shell and Blair had six points each.

Cloudland 56, Hampton 25 (girls)

The Lady ’Landers (16-2, 4-0) turned up the heat defensively early and never looked back.

Hampton (2-3, 5-16) closed in on an early Cloudland lead with a Destini Millhorn trey. Behind some timely shots from five different CHS players, Cloudland was able to end the quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 22-11 lead into the second quarter.

Jasmine Birchfield and Gracie Freeman hit back-to-back shots after a Heaven Caraway free throw to jump start a 12-2 Cloudland run over the first seven minutes of the second quarter — propelling CHS to a 34-17 halftime lead.

From there, another Cloudland run to open the third was the knockout punch.

Freeman finished with 19 points to lead all scorers, while Caraway and Birchfield had nine and seven points, respectively.

Hampton was led by Hannah Collins as she tallied eight points. Hazen Brumitt and Chloe Watson had seven and five points, respectively.

Up Next

Cloudland is set to host North Greene on Tuesday night for a crucial District 1-A clash, while Hampton will step out of district play with a trip to South Greene.

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