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Hampton fends off Unaka in Watauga Valley Conference

Matt Laws • Jan 24, 2020 at 10:44 PM

HAMPTON — Unaka had an upset on its mind, but Hampton had another plan.

The Bulldogs held off the Rangers for a 61-47 boys basketball victory on Friday night. With the win, Hampton continues to control its own destiny in the Watauga Valley race.

The homestanding Bulldogs (16-8, 5-1) jumped out to an 8-3 lead before Unaka used a 6-2 run of its own to take the lead before the quarter ended in a 12-12 stalemate.

Hampton used a 16-5 run to open the second quarter to pull out to an 11-point lead. The Rangers (6-16, 0-6) wouldn't go away as a Ranger run to end the half pulled them back within three points.

Caleb Oaks and Jordan Bentley kick-started the third quarter for Hampton as the Bulldogs pulled out to an 11-point lead in the frame. That proved to be too much to overcome for the Rangers.

Conor Jones had 16 points and four assists to lead Hampton. Morgan Lyons contributed 14 points. Rocky Croy scored 12 points and Jordan Bentley grabbed eight rebounds.

Unaka was paced by Will Sexton’s 24 points. Ryan Johnson and Devin Ramsey each scored nine.

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Unaka 61, Hampton 34

The Lady Rangers (9-15, 4-2) used a barrage of 3-pointers to methodically pull away from the host Lady Bulldogs (5-18, 2-4).

Taking dead aim from the outside, Unaka hit 11 treys in the game.

Lyndie Ramsey had a game-high 13 points for the Lady Rangers, while Jada Whitehead added nine points.

A sluggish first quarter saw Unaka jump put to a 7-1 lead before a pair of Hazen Brumitt buckets pulled Hampton back within three. A quick Lady Ranger run gave Unaka a 14-8 lead after eight minutes of play.

Unaka got hot behind the 3-point line in the second to take a double-digit lead into the half and carried the momentum into the third with an 11-2 run, seizing complete control of the game.

Hampton tried to rally with a run of its own in the opening minutes of the fourth, but back-to-back Unaka buckets snapped the run.

Tara Whitehead and Macy Ensor had seven points apiece for the Lady Rangers.

Hampton was paced by Brumitt’s 10 points. Hannah Collins added seven despite dealing with early foul trouble.

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