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JCHS Boys lose to Hampton

The JCHS Boys ran into a tidal wave on Monday night as Hampton was hitting its shots and making life miserable for the Longhorns.
Outplayed in every facet of the game, JCHS left Van-Huss/White Gym Monday night with a tough 73-47 defeat to the Bulldogs.
The Longhorns defense struggled against a hot-shooting Hampton team as the ‘Horns gave up 48 points in the first half.
“Their offense is pretty good, but we’re hit and miss as we play good one night and not very good the next night, but a lot of that comes with the character of your team and that falls on me a lot. We didn’t play very well.”
Already behind the 20-9, the Longhorns saw Hampton’s Nathaniel Hughes go on a 10-straight point tear in the second quarter and before you knew it Hampton held a 38-15 advantage.
“He hit some big shots,” Atwood said. “When you’ve got two good guards like they do you’re going to be tough. We’re struggling right now.”
Hampton cleared the bench in the second half and sophomore Wesley Murray stepped up for the Bulldogs with six-straight points.
Murray is the son of Lori Murray, the Headstart director for the Johnson County School System.
JCHS Scoring: Jason Steele 18, Sammy Hampton 2, T.J. Patterson 2, Chase Kleine 2, Cody Brown 10, Timmy Bellamy 2, Quinton Wright 3, Jason Dugger 2, Austin Humphrey 2, Skylar Reece 4.
Hampton Scoring: Nathaniel Hughes 18, Dylan Ward 15, Justin Scalf 13, T.J. Lyons 2, Wesley Murray 6, Tyler Trussler 8, Dylan Hill 6, Johnny Fields 1.
Friday’s Game
Elizabethton 60
The Longhorns came out on fire, but a second half collapse did JCHS in.
Sammy Hampton hit a big three early in the game to get things going and by halftime JCHS held a 27-19 advantage.
The second half was a different story as JCHS gave up 41 second half points and the Longhorns were prone to foul trouble.
Elizabethton, in what was similar to the 2003 Region Championship game between the two schools, shot 19 of 22 free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Longhorns couldn’t overcome it, though a lot of the fouls late were fouls that came in to stop the clock.
“We played poor defense and they shot free throws great,” Atwood said,” Atwood said. “We fouled too much early in the game. It was just poor defense.”
JCHS Scoring: Jason Steele 16, Sammy Hampton 15, Cody Brown 10, Dusty Stout 7, Jason Dugger 2.
Thursday’s Game
Cloudland 71
In what was a sharp turnaround from December’s meeting in Roan Mountain, the Longhorns nearly pulled off the upset.
But like the Elizabethton game, the Longhorns were mired in foul trouble and that proved to be the difference.
“We’re still a work in progress,” Atwood said.
In the first meeting between the two schools, Cloudland won by 30 points but this time JCHS came out strong defensively with the exception of the fouling.
The Longhorns were ahead at halftime and after three quarters, but couldn’t close the deal.
JCHS Scoring: Sammy Hampton 10, Andy Stout 5, Jason Steele 28, Chase Kleine 9, Cody Brown 4, Tyler Shaw 2, Dusty Stout 5, Quinton Wright 2, Jason Dugger 2, Austin Humphrey 2.
Last Tuesday’s Game
Sullivan North 53
The Longhorns earned their first conference victory of the year with a big win over the Raiders.
JCHS had a balanced scoring attack and avenged a defeat earlier in the year.
It was a big win for the Longhorns to go somewhere and pull off a victory at a place they don’t normally play well.
Atwood was pleased with the performance.
“We played well and defended real well,” Atwood said.
Atwood would like to see the same effort every night.
“Our team hasn’t shown up since that game,” Atwood said.
JCHS Scoring: Sammy Hampton 13, Jason Steele 16, Chase Kleine 3, Cody Brown 11, Dusty Stout 11, Jason Dugger 6.
The Longhorns travel to Happy Valley Friday and then will host Senior Night with Tri-Cities Christian next Thursday.