By Tim Chambers
Hampton was hoping for a regular season clean sweep over Happy Valley, but instead got a dirty dusting Thursday night in middle school boys basketball.
The Jr. Warriors avenged a 20-point loss suffered at home two week ago with an impressive 43-26 triumph over the Bulldogs.
Things started out well for junior puppies early. They surged to a 7-2 lead behind five points by Chris Holtsclaw, but things went south from there.
A three-point play by Austin Hicks with 2:07 remaining gave the Tribe a 9-7 advantage and they never trailed again.
Happy Valley 29
A nightmarish third quarter came back to haunt the Lady Jr. Bulldogs. They scored only one point in the frame and trailed 18-12 after three.
Hampton made a run in final quarter, but the hole they dug themselves was too deep.
“We came out flat in the third quarter and scored only one point,” said Hampton coach Ginny White. “That got us behind and killed any chances we had at winning. We’ve had three different starting lineups — trying to figure out the best five and the right players to bring off the bench. I’m pleased with our defense because we’re holding teams under 30. But offensively we’ve got to pick it up. We’re not there, yet but we’re making strides. I think we’ll be okay by tournament time.”