By Tim Chambers
Close, but no cigar.
Hampton’s ability to make free throws and Johnson County’s inability to make layups in the final minute decided the outcome of a 54-44 win for the Lady Bulldogs on Monday night in Mountain City.
The game was a “dog fight” the entire way.
The turning point came with 2:47 remaining after Kourtney Tolley’s basket had giving the Lady Longhorns a 42-40 lead.
Hampton head coach Bud Hazelwood took a timeout after his team’s turnover, electing to turn up the defense on the inbound pass at halfcourt.