By Tim Chambers
Hampton’s middle school basketball team showed why they are one of the best junior high basketball teams in the area by defeating Johnson County Middle School 43-27 on Tuesday night at Hampton. They were led by 6’5 center Hayden Campbell who dazzled the crowd with an 18-point and 18-rebound effort. The future stud Bulldog player showed his shooting range by knocking down several nice teardrop jumpers that tickled the twine from sometimes 15 and 20 feet out.
“They are good very good,” said JCMS’ head coach Mark McClain. “But those kids have worked for it. Campbell and Trivett are the real deal, and they are tough to play with when both of them are on. Give them all the credit. They are well-coached, and they have a super good team.”
McClain was spot on about Dylan Trivett and Campbell. They combined to score 33 points and proved themselves to be more lethal than a stick of dynamite ready to explode. It was Hampton’s 18th win against only two losses, and they are a perfect 9-0 in league play. They led 15-3 after one and 28- at the half.
Johnson County played their tails off in the third quarter and managed to cut the deficit down to 33-19 by going on a 9-4 run to start the third getting a nice putback from Connor Simcox and a bucket from Dalton Pope. Simcox finished the night with nine points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns. Dalton Pope added seven points and three steals. Connor Simcox led the way for the Longhorns with nine points and seven rebounds with Dalton Pope adding seven points and hit JC’s only three.
Biggest shot of the night Jace Stout delivered the biggest shot of the night in the junior varsity game by swishing a 25 footer from the corner that gave the Horns a two-point victory. JC took time out and set up the play that worked to perfection off the inbounds.
Pope 7, Potter 4, Greer 4, Simcox 9, Dickens 2, Sluder 1.
Trivett 15, Anspaugh 7, Carrico 5, Campbell 18.
JCMS 3 8 8 8 – 27
HMS 15 13 5 10 – 43
3-point goals: J 1 (Pope). H 4 (Trivett 2, Anspaugh, Carrico).