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Hampton picks up key conference wins at Cloudland

Matt Laws • Feb 9, 2018 at 10:56 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — It was a tale of second-half runs in Sonny Smith Gymnasium on Friday night.

Both the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs used strong runs in the final stanza to take victories over rival Cloudland.

In the girls’ game, Hampton took a 37-34 victory over the Lady Highlanders, while the Bulldogs claimed a 58-44 win over Cloudland in the boys’ game.

With the win, the Hampton ladies improve to 8-2 in league play and 12-15 overall and the Lady ’Landers fell to 5-5 in district action and 19-9 overall. The Bulldogs improved to 8-2 in conference action and 17-10 overall while Cloudland dropped to 5-5, 14-11.

In the girls’ content, Cloudland held the upper hand early as Trinity Vines helped power CHS to a 16-8 second-quarter lead. Hampton closed the gap right before half, but the Lady ’Landers maintained a 16-13 lead at intermission.

FOURTH QUARTER GOES HAMPTON’S WAY

After Hampton slowly cut into the Cloudland lead over the course of the third quarter, Shy Tuelle hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to tie the game at 25 going to the fourth. That sparked an 11-2 run for the Lady Bulldogs as Cloudland was unable to get on the board until 1:14 was left on the clock.

The Lady ’Landers cut a six-point lead in half, but was unable to get back in front.

LEADERS

Stephanie Campbell led Hampton with 15 points, while Tuelle had 13 points for HHS. Vines and Stacia Wilson had 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Cloudland.

BOYS

Hampton blew open a back-and-forth game in the closing seconds of the third quarter and the first four minutes of the fourth.

After CHS held a 9-8 first-quarter lead, Hampton used a 12-2 run to take a 25-18 advantage. CHS was able to trim it to four points late in the quarter, but Hampton took a 39-30 advantage into the fourth.

OWENS TAKES OVER

Hampton’s Dru Owens took control late in the third quarter. An old-fashioned 3-point play jumpstarted a 17-0 Hampton run. During that stretch, Owens had 11 points as HHS pushed the lead to 21 points.

Owens finished with 20 points, while Gavin Hardin added 10 points to the Hampton cause.

LEEPER LEADS CLOUDLAND

Robert Leeper had 20 points to pace Cloudland. Jordan Coffey and Bentley Gilbert had eight points apiece.

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