AFTON — As much as Hampton’s girls did wrong, they still had opportunities at a victory.
Costly turnovers and a 5-of-18 night from the free throw stripe, however, were too much to overcome as late possessions fell short in a 58-54 loss Monday night at Chuckey-Doak.
Hampton’s boys also struggled, falling 53-42 in the nightcap.
“I think we let last Friday’s game affect us tonight,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Leon Tolley. “They put so much effort into Cloudland — we talked about not causing that to make us lose another one.
“Non-conference games don’t mean a lot, but you’ve got to be playing good going into the tournament. The thing I was most disheartened with was our lack of effort and concentration, and that’s what makes you go 5 out of 18 from the foul line, and we still, still had every chance to win the ballgame.”
Chuckey-Doak led by as much as 11 in the game and had a seven-point cushion entering the fourth. Hampton made it a one-point game on two occasions — the latter with 15 seconds remaining — and had possession of the basketball down two with 12.4 seconds on the clock.
Paige Dugger was put on the line with 1.8 seconds left, but missed the first attempt. An intentional miss on the second shot placed Lady Knight Kayla Aubry on the line with 0.5, and a pair of made singles put the game out of reach.
Aubry led the game with 16 points for Chuckey-Doak, while Frye totaled 14 and Hannah Riddle 12.
Dorothy Dugger, who fouled out for the first time in her high school career, paced Hampton with 15 points despite sitting for much of the game.
Paige Dugger and Alexis Bowers added 10 apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.
Aubry and Ashlyn Taylor keyed a 10-3 run to open the game for the home team, which led by 9 at the end of one.
After Riddle gave Doak an 11-point lead with the first make of the second quarter, Hampton fought back within three with buckets from Paige Dugger and treys from Dorothy Dugger and Danielle Guinn.
Chuckey-Doak used a nine-point third quarter from Karly Frye to return to an 11-point advantage, but Paige Dugger and Bowers pulled Hampton within 7 entering the fourth.
Tolley said his team will need a much better effort when it begins District 1-A play Saturday at Daniel Boone High School, or else unfavorable results lie ahead.
“It’s kind of like one of them what can go wrong, did go wrong,” said Tolley. “The positive is we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance in spite of ourselves.
“We can’t do this Saturday. We can’t do this in the tournament. We don’t have a switch where we can turn it on and off. I hope this is a wake-up call for us, cause if not it’s going to be a short postseason.”
The Bulldogs turned an early eight-point deficit to three, but never got any closer.
“Chuckey-Doak’s good,” said Hampton coach Ned Smith. “They’re just a big, strong team and they shoot the ball real well. They just create some mismatches with us.
“I thought our kids battled back hard and cut it to eight or nine, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Cory Sweeney and Leon Pelikan keyed a 12-1 run that built a lead of 15 for the Knights in the second quarter.
The Chuckey-Doak lead stretched to 18 behind a pair of treys from Craig Ambrose in the third before Hampton battled back behind Cody McClain’s nine points in the frame to close it to 10 entering the fourth quarter.
Julius Montgomery’s inside game kept the Knights in front despite a challenge from the Bulldogs. McClain helped Hampton get back within single digits, but the home team was too strong in the end.
“They’re big and strong inside,” said Smith. “They’ve got a great point guard and number 12 (Sweeney) shoots the ball real well.”
Montgomery scored 15 to lead Doak, who had 13 from Sweeney.
McClain with 16 was Hampton’s only scorer in double figures.
Smith said the loss will only help his team heading into the District 1-A tourney as they seek to make adjustments before returning to the hardwood.
“It’s good to play a good team going into the tournament to see what we need to fix, work on and get better at,” added Smith.
Smith and Cloudland boys coach Brandon Carpenter will flip a coin Wednesday to see which team will take the top seed on the boys side of the tournament.