Lady 'Dogs nip David Crockett

By Tim Chambers
JONESBOROUGH -- Three proved to be a charm for the Hampton Lady Bulldogs Thursday night against David Crockett at the Pioneer gymnasium.
Joy Gardner's spin move and basket with five seconds remaining in the game gave the 'Dogs a hard fought 49-47 non-conference win. This is the third time the 'Dogs have defeated Crockett on the year, with the previous two games being won by margins of nine and four points.
"We survived," stated Bulldog head coach Leslie Campbell. "It's hard to beat a team three times. It's time to put this aside and get ready for Happy Valley."
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-8 first-quarter lead thanks to the outstanding play of Bulldog guard Heather Chambers. Chambers gathered six points and four steals to lead the Hampton attack.
Hampton started the second quarter with frigid shooting, going over two minutes without a bucket. Crockett's 5-0 run tied the score at 13 before a long three by Lacey Oliver put the 'Dogs back up 16-13 with 5:43 remaining in the second period.
The 'Dogs received a severe blow on the ensuing trip down the floor when Oliver dove for a loose ball and would leave the game with a concussion after crashing to the floor. The Bulldogs would regroup with Gardner and Lauren Pitman leading the charge, scoring the next 10 points of the quarter inside the final two minutes to up the halftime lead at 28-19.  
Crockett opened the third stanza on a 7-0 run to cut the margin to 28-26 behind the shooting of Ashley Hoss and Melinda Levasseur.
The 'Dogs would catch fire once again behind the superb play of forward Jessica Tolley. Tolley accounted for seven point in the quarter to push the advantage at 40-29.
The Pioneers came out with vengeance in the final period behind the shooting of Ashley Hill and Britney Hensley. With the lead whittled to 42-39, Jessi Price nailed a basket in the paint, which was followed by a Tolley putback as the Bulldogs led 46-39.
Crockett dug deep and continued to claw back on the shooting of Hill and Ashley Harrison. Hill's steal and layup at the 2:45 mark gave Crockett its first lead at 47-46.
On the 'Dogs next possession disaster struck again when Chambers was fouled going to the bucket, resulting in an injury and thus leaving Hampton without two key players down the stretch. Pam Montgomery would enter and hit one of two to tie the score at 47.
Crockett held the ball looking for the last shot but a nice defensive effort by Pitman gave the 'Dogs possession with 29 seconds remaining in the contest. After calling timeout, the 'Dogs milked the clock down inside 10 when Gardner penetrated the lane and delighted the Bulldog faithful with a dagger that broke the hearts of the Pioneer faithful.
Gardner said, "I knew the lane was open so I tried to put up a good shot."
Crockett's last desperation shot by Hensley bounced off the rim as the 'Dogs escaped with a win.
Tolley paved the way for the Bulldogs with 12 points, followed by Gardner and Pitman with 11 each. Price played a big role off the bench for the 'Dogs with six points and five rebounds.
Hoss led the Pioneers with 13 while Hill gathered 12 on the evening.
Pitman said: "We played hard and did not quit. Everyone hung in there and did their job.
"We have to play better against Happy Valley."
The Bulldogs host the Warriors tonight in an all-out important conference showdown.
David Crockett 75
Hampton 47
Poor shooting plagued the Bulldogs the entire evening as Crockett raced to a 75-47 win.
Travis Smith opened the game with a three-point basket to give Hampton its only lead at 3-0. The 'Dogs would go eight minutes without a field goal, which allowed Crockett to take a 24-5 advantage with 6:00 remaining in the second quarter.
Shane Campbell tried to keep the 'Dogs close with six points in the quarter but Hampton trailed 32-14 at halftime.
Hampton continued its shooting slump in the third period until Lucas Honeycutt connected at the 4:05 mark to end the drought. Tyler Estep and Derek Hamilton continued to have their way for Crockett, scoring the next 12 points to up the Pioneer advantage to 53-19.
Alex Ingram proved to be a bright spot for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points to spark the Hampton offense.
Campbell paced the 'Dogs with 13 points, followed by Ingram and Smith with 11 each.
Matt Ford and Estep topped the Pioneers with 12 each while Hamilton tossed in 11.
"We had shots but they just would not fall," said Hampton head coach Buddy Hazelwood. "Unfortunately, it just wasn't our night."