Warriors befuddle Bulldogs


Photo By Kristen Luther Happy Valley's John Bulla pulls up on Hampton's Zac Trivette for a short jumper.

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com
The Happy Valley Warriors shot away and the Hampton Bulldogs couldn't catch them.
The Warriors held a steady lead before breaking it out to 21 in the third quarter, then winding things up with a 62-48 victory Tuesday night at Bayless Gym.
"I thought we played pretty good defense and stopped their shooting," said Happy Valley coach Charlie Bayless. "We got on the boards pretty good with them tonight. They have some strong guys in there and have some good shooters."
"They didn't shoot the ball well tonight and we got more easy baskets than they did," he said. "That was the difference in the ballgame."
Happy Valley was strong on the boards and defensively, holding Hampton to six out of 19 three-pointers.
The Warriors had three players in double-digits, led by Alex Carroll's 14 points and 11 boards with two steals and five blocks.
Todd Caldwell and Chris Rutledge had 13 and 10, respectively, while John Bulla added nine points and nine boards.
Happy Valley went on an 8-2 run to open the game with buckets from Chris Rutledge, Todd Caldwell, Tim Whaley and Alex Carroll.
Carroll provided a one-handed jam and Caldwell hit a pair from the charity stripe to make it an eight-point game.
A late bucket from Alex Ingram made the score 12-6 going into the second quarter.
Adam Miller and Jordan Honeycutt provided Hampton's other scores.
Rutledge and Jacob Culler traded buckets to open the second period.
Lucas Honeycutt and Adam Miller pulled treys for Hampton, while Culler hit a deuce to make it a three-point game.
Miller cut it to two on a pair of free throws, but the Warriors responded with a pair of buckets from Carroll to make it an eight point game again at the break.
Happy Valley went up by 12 with the first two buckets in the second half from Whaley.
Chris Rutledge provided another bucket before Travis Smith put through a trey for the Bulldogs.
Carroll and Miller traded buckets before a Caldwell trey, and the Warriors continued to spread out their offense with two buckets from John Bulla.
Smith hit his second trey in the period for Hampton late, but the Warriors managed to hold onto a 49-34 lead.
Happy Valley got two quick buckets from Rutledge and Carroll to make it a 19-point game at the top of the fourth.
A pair from the charity stripe courtesy of Bulla made it 21.
Smith and Miller had buckets to keep Hampton within a reasonable margin, with Lucas Arwood and Gene
Sanchez bringing it back to ten with around a minute left in the game.
Caldwell and Rutledge provided a couple more buckets for the Warriors, who wound out with the win.
Before the boys game, the Warriors paid honor to one of their best players in the early-'90s in Gary Henegar. His parents were presented a framed jersey and a basketball signed by his 1992-93 teammates.
Travis Smith led Hampton with 13 points, while Miller added 11.
The Warriors have a big home game this Friday against Sullivan Central.
"They beat us 10 over there, but we've got a chance at home," said Bayless of Central. "If we get on the boards with them, we can do it. You can't run well if you go up against a team that shoots well."
Lady Bulldogs 66
Lady Warriors 60
The Hampton Lady Bulldogs prevailed in a solid game of runs from both teams.
Happy Valley led the majority of the first half and the opening part of the second before Hampton made a big run and held on to win.
"They played real well," Hampton head coach Leslie Campbell said of her players. "We wished that for the last four or five games, and you can't ask for anything better. They kept their heads in the game. They kept going at it and goint at it, and got the job done."
"We told them defense would be the key in the ballgame and it was," she said. "They played their defense, and their offense followed."
Lady Warrior coach Ben Godsey wasn't pleased with his team's defensive effort in the game.
"It was a game of runs, and defensively I didn't think we played very well," Godsey said. "In the first half we scored and got the ball inside. In the second half we weren't as patient and they made a run on us and got us."
"We started taking outside shots and we didn't run our offense," he said. "That was the difference in the game."
Happy Valley's Terra Whaley got the game going with the first bucket, not to be outdone by Hampton's Lauren Pitman who tied the game.
A Lacy Oliver trey and buckets from Joy Gardner and Pitman gave the Lady 'Dogs a seven-point lead before another timeout.
However, the Lady Warriors rallied right back with buckets from Whaley and Keila Williams to tie it at 11.
Both teams tugged at the lead before Pam Montgomery nailed a trey for Hampton, who led 17-13 into the second quarter.
Gardner made it a six-point game with a three at the beginning of the stanza.
The Lady Warriors battled back again with free throws from Williams and Kate Powell, before Brandi Dugger tied the game with a trifecta and took the lead on another three-point play.
Kortney Goulds followed with a three-ball to help Happy Valley take its own five-point lead.
Gardner and Pitman cut it to one for Hampton, but the Lady Warriors wouldn't budge with Williams, making it a four-point game going into the locker room.
Mandy Byrd and Dugger gave the Lady Warriors a nine-point tilt to open the second half.
Jessica Tolley had a pair of buckets in return for Hampton, who cut the game to one after a Whaley technical.
From there, Heather Chambers went on a roll with three buckets to tie the game for the Lady 'Dogs. Williams and Gardner traded deuces, but the game remained tied at 48 with one quarter left.
Chambers gave Hampton a four-point lead with two buckets to open the final period, but Williams responded with a pair of her own to even things with five minutes left.
Jessi Price, Pitman and Gardner built a six-point edge for the Lady 'Dogs with under three to go.
Hampton ran the clock down to well under two minutes, as Happy Valley struggled to get a bucket.
Oliver extended it to seven and the Lady 'Dogs were in good shape with under a minute to go.
The Lady Warriors never gave up, with Dugger hitting a three to push it back to four. However, Hampton hit their free throws late to hold on to the win.
Hampton had three players in double digits led by Joy Gardner's 17-point night. Pitman and Chambers round out the squad with 16 and 13 respectively.
Williams led the game with 20 points for the Lady Warriors. Dugger added 15, while Whaley contributed nine to the home unit's cause.