Junior Bulldogs dismiss Fall Branch

from staff reports

   One night after a six-point loss to Unicoi County, the Hampton Jr. Bulldogs proved they were not a disheartened bunch.
   Getting double-digit scoring outputs from Jarred Irick, Justin Bentley and Dustin Jaynes, Hampton bounced back for a 62-28 Tuesday victory over Fall Branch on the Jr. Bulldog floor.
   "We gave a trememdous effort, one of the best efforts we've had here in a long time," said Hampton coach Leon Tolley. "I am very proud of my team. They showed a lot of heart tonight after the tough loss last night at Unicoi."
   Irick was high man against Fall Branch, tossing in a game-high 18 points, while Bentley and Jaynes added 16 and 13, respectively.
   Hampton immediately took control of the game, outscoring Fall Branch 19-6 in the first quarter, then went on to establish a 32-14 halftime advantage.
   Venters topped the Fall Branch attack with eight points, followed by Dinsmore with seven.
   "Fall Branch is a big, athletic team that can shoot the three," Tolley said. "We knew we had to control the Venters kid. He is a real player."
   The Jr. 'Dogs return to action this Thursday night, visiting county rival Unaka.