Hampton impressive in win over Morristown West

By Travis Brown
STAR Staff

   The Hampton Bulldogs turned in an impressive performance in boys basketball action, as they went on the road Monday night and brought home a huge victory over the Morristown West Trojans 70-57.
   However the first contest of the evening the Lady Bulldogs did not share the same fate, as the highly touted Lady Trojans proved to be just as formidable as the hype, as they defeated the Lady Dogs' 47-73.
   The Lady Dogs got off on the wrong foot early, as they simply could not buy a bucket. Early rebound woes combined with a dismal shooting percentage led to an early 15-2 Trojan lead.
   The second quarter saw the Trojans really put on the pressure, as Trojan center Kayla Greene scored 12 points in the quarter to give the Lady Trojans a 38-15 half-time lead. Lady Bulldog coach Leslie Campbell was a little disappointed with her team's performance, "We have to play defense, the offense will come in time," said Campbell "If we don't rebound the ball, we are not going to win, we have to work harder in the paint."
   Despite struggling throughout the game, the Lady Dogs did have some bright spots, namely Senior Kari Stout. Her performance in the fourth quarter helped to keep the score respectable.
   In the final frame Stout posted 18 points en route to a 26 point performance, hitting 3 treys in the effort. Joy Gardner also performed admirably putting up 16 points in the loosing effort.
   West saw four athletes post double figures as Greene lead all ladies with 29, while Ashley Grey added in 15.
   After the contest Campbell remained confident that her club will improve, "We just have to keep plugging, if we keep our mental composure, I think we'll be OK."
   The boys would return the favor in the nightcap, as they came out guns blazing against the struggling Trojans. Shooting the lights out in the first half, the Dogs got ahead and stayed ahead in convincing fashion.
   West came into the contest with impressive size and strength, however the aggressive defense and hard work in the paint were able to dominate the boards as well as the defensive halfcourt.
   The Bulldogs took a 19-8 lead early before West coach Stan Ballard called for time-out with 56 seconds to play in the stanza.
   The deficit was largely due to 3 big treys to showcase the perimeter game. The first quarter would see the Dogs leading 22-10, with plenty of action still to come.
   The Dogs saw three young men in double figures for the contest, as the second quarter belonged to Ryan Deskins. He went on a tear scoring 10 points in the quarter to stretch the Bulldog lead to 15 points heading into the half.
   In the second half the Trojans would not go quietly, as Matt Spencer and Ryan Kragel stepped it up a notch and closed the deficit to 13 heading into the final period, with a slight bit of momentum.
   That lead would stay intact during the fourth as solid foul shooting and good defense were enough to wrap up the Bulldog victory.
   Bulldog skipper Jerry White was in high spirits about his club after the game, "I was well pleased with these kids tonight," said White "Our outside shooting got a lot better, and we were able to rebound the ball effectively."
   Despite the success, White is still looking to improve as the season is still very young, "We've still got to handle the ball better, and we need to eliminate some silly mistakes."
   The game will have many positives to draw upon for the Dogs, as they rebounded the ball very well, as well as playing some stingy defense. This contest marks a solid victory, in this young season for the Dogs.