Lady Bulldogs rally past Cloudland

  Like Brooks and Dunn, Heather Chambers and Lacey Oliver were in perfect harmony for the Lady Bulldogs -- and the result was sweet string music for the blue and white.
  The duo combined for 30 points in the second half as Hampton knocked off Cloudland 57-51 in the Climate Controllers Classic Friday night at Unaka High School.
  The first quarter was action-packed as both team played an up-tempo style that resulted in 33 points during the period. The Lady Highlanders led by as many as nine during the quarter, thanks to three treys -- two by Jessica Davis and another by Heather Banner -- but the 'Dogs battled back.
  Jessi Price dominated the paint for seven points in a two-minute span while Chambers connected on a three to helped the cause. Cloudland led 18-15 after one.
  "We knew at this point it was going to be whoever wanted this game," said Hampton head coach Leslie Campbell. "Cloudland has a good team and we knew we had to step it up if we were going to come out on top."
  Cloudland took a 26-18 lead in the second quarter as Whitney Houston knocked down four free throws but the Dogs refused to roll over. Whitney Andrews drilled a long trey that trimmed the margin to 26-21 at the 1:40 mark. Lauren Pitman added a nice jumper, pulling Hampton within two at intermission.
  The third quarter was like a shootout at the OK Corral, with Oliver of Hampton and Banner of Cloudland in starring roles. Behind a three-point play and a long trey by Banner, Cloudland extended its lead at 40-31 at the 2:40 mark.
  From there the Stoney Creek Fire Department would be needed on standby as Oliver went on a shooting rampage that dazzled the entire crowd, leading Hampton on a 15-0 run. Three long treys by Oliver, including one from near Danner Subdivision, tied the score at 40-40 after three.
  Oliver continued her onslaught in the fourth, giving Hampton a five-point lead on a jumper. Jessica Lunsford kept Cloudland in the game by knocking down seven points in the quarter. But the play of Chambers proved too much for the 'Landers to overcome as the senior guard accounted for 14 points in the final period.
  Chambers led all scorers with 20 while Oliver followed with 15. Price chipped in with nine while Pitman played a good floor game along with scoring seven points.
  Lunsford topped Cloudland with 16 points. Banner added 14 along with four steals.
  "If our kids would put together four quarters instead of playing in spurts, we could be a very good team," added Campbell. "Lacey kept us in the game and so did Heather.
  "We got behind but the girls refused to quit. I'm real proud of the way they battled back and won this basketball game."