By Tim Chambers
A nightmare first quarter propelled Hampton to an 81-63 win over Johnson County on Tuesday night inside of VanHuss-White Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs sprinted out to a 30-5 first-quarter lead and never looked back while earning their victory.
“Our kids came out hot and ready to play, “said HHS head coach Ned Smith. They got it going up and down the floor and forded some turnovers. We are getting better chemistry and moving the ball well.”
The Dogs simply shot the lights out of it in the first half sprinting to a 44-20 halftime advantage behind the red hot shooting of Jordan Bentley, who ended the game with 21 points, including 4-fo-4 from behind the 3-point line in the first half.
Connor Jones came off the bench to score a dozen first-half points and finished with 14 for the game and six assists.
The Longhorns tailed 66-37 going into the final quarter but couldn’t find a way to stop Bentley and the company.
Lucas Phillips led the Longhorns with 17 points that included four treys. Darren Cunningham added 14 points and ten rebounds. Michael Oxentine collected
11 rebounds for the Longhorns.
The Longhorns will return to action on December 26 in the Hall of Fame Christmas tournament at Fort Chiswell. The tournament ends on the 30th. They’ll host Elizabethton on January 3 in a big contest.