Junior 'Dogs escape Tigers

By Ivan Sanders

STAR CORRESPONDENT

   Claw marks were many, but the Hampton Bulldogs crawled out of the Keenburg Gym with a victory all the same.
   The Keenburg Tigers' team gave Coach Leon Tolley and his Hampton squad all they wanted and then some on Thursday night with the Bulldogs coming out with a narrow 48-46 victory.
   "Coach Carpenter has done a fantastic job in the short amount of time he's been here and they are the ones that deserved to win tonight," commented Tolley after the contest.
   The game was a see-saw affair the entire contest as Hampton took an early 7-6 lead at the end of one. The second quarter was no different as Keenburg actually outscored the visitors 10-9, but the Bulldogs still nursed an 18-16 lead at intermission.
   Alex Ingram paced the Bulldogs in the half as he pumped in eight big points for Hampton. Jordan Honeycutt added six to the Bulldogs minuscule lead. Opie Lambert connected for 10 and Preston Carter added six for the Tigers in the first half.
   Hampton was held scoreless for almost two minutes in the third quarter as Keenburg tied and then took the lead, actually going up by as many as three points in the third. Once again Lambert led the way for the Tigers as he netted seven points in the quarter.
   Hampton managed a run in the closing minutes, led by Lance Harsh and Cody Ford, to pull the Bulldogs back in the lead as the period ended with Hampton clinging to a slim one-point edge 26-25.
   The gym was rocking as both teams took the floor to begin the fourth-and-deciding period. Neither team held back as the guns finally came out blazing with neither team wanting to leave the floor with a defeat. Jon Potter and Ingram took the game into their hands as they were able to outgun the Tigers' Lambert and Carter in leading the Bulldogs to a big win in the nailbiter 48-46.
   "We're a long way from where we need to be and it's going to take a long time to get there," according to Tolley. "We are not thinking well on the floor and that makes it hard on us. It's like we take two steps forward and three steps back. Alex and Jon were able to get us some big hustle points in the fourth and that really helped us."
   When asked the difference in the game, Coach Brandon Carpenter of the Tigers said: "They made their foul shots and we missed ours. We had some great momentum until Palmer fouled out, but we really played hard and we're going to work harder -- especially on our free throws."
   In the varsity girls contest, the Lady Bulldogs were all over the Lady Tigers as they downed the home team by a convincing 59-12 tally. Lacey Oliver and Tamra Lyons paced the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points each. Kendra Trivett added 10 to the winners' column.
   Jodi Jones paced the Lady Tigers with seven points and Katie Bacon added five to close out the scoring for Keenburg. The Lady Bulldogs simply outplayed the Lady Tigers as they were able to consistently force turnovers and score easy buckets at their end of the court.
   In B-game action, the Keenburg boys took home a big win with a 24-21 decision. Gardner and Moore paced the winners with six each while Jaynes was high man for Hampton with eight.
   The Lady Bulldogs took their B-game contest by doling out a 22-2 loss to the Lady Tigers. Lipford and Ingram led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with four each, while seven players added two points apiece. Jodi Jones scored the lone two points for Keenburg.