Happy Valley held on for a 44-43 win in a girls high school basketball game at White-Van Huss Gym on Saturday night.
The Lady Warriors won for the sixth time in seven games, improving to an impressive 10-5 start.
“Last year they struggled,” said first-year head coach Thomas Gouge. “They won four or five games last year, so they needed the confidence. They’re loving the game right now, so we just have to keep working hard.”
Hampton slipped to 5-13.
PACE OF PLAY
Both teams seemed content to work through the halfcourt sets, and points were hard to come by in the first half.
Happy Valley looked like it would take a 20-13 edge into the locker room, but a foul call at the buzzer on a desperation 3-point attempt allowed Brook Hughes to shoot a trio of free throws with no time on the clock. She made two, cutting the Lady Warriors’ lead to five points.
Happy Valley gained a measure of control early in the fourth quarter, and eventually broke free from a nip-and-tuck battle for an 11-point lead midway through the period.
However, Hampton came rushing back.
“I definitely got nervous,” said Gouge. “Hampton works hard, they get after it defensively, and they crash the boards hard. And they’ve got some scorers.”
Hampton closed within two points late in the game, but Happy Valley cashed in at the foul stripe.
Adrienne Henegar made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch. She finished with a team-high 14 points.
Tiana Long added 12 for the Lady Warriors while Shalyn Whitson contributed 10.
For Hampton, Stephanie Campbell came to life in the second half. She scored one point before the break, but hit a trio of threes in the second half and finished with 15 points.