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Junction City knocks off Hampton in conference opener

by News-Times Staff | December 2, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.

JUNCTION CITY – A big second quarter lifted Junction City to its second win in as many nights, as the Dragons opened 8-2A play with a 60-41 win over Hampton on Tuesday night.

A night after scoring 17 points against Smackover in their season opener, Ryan Allen erupted for 36 points against the Bulldogs. Allen also grabbed five rebounds in the win.

Kamarian Dade added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Dragons, who led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring the visitors 11-2 in the second period to take a 24-12 lead at halftime.

The Dragons extended their lead to 46-27 after three periods of play before winning by the final margin.

The Dragons (2-0, 1-0) faced Camden Fairview at the FBT Bank & Mortgage Basketball Classic Wednesday at Fordyce.

Bearden 58,

Parkers Chapel 51

BEARDEN – Chris Greer had 20 points, but it wasn’t enough, as a second-half rally lifted the Bears past the Trojans in 8-2A play.

Braydon McGoogan had eight points and Jaylen Gray added seven points for the Trojans.

Parkers Chapel led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and 32-28 at intermission, but the Bears rallied to take a 40-37 lead at the end of the third quarter before winning by the final margin.

“The kids played extremely hard. Bearden just made the plays they needed to make down the stretch and we didn’t,” Parkers Chapel coach Josh Langley said.

Langley added that poor free-throw shooting hindered the Trojans.

“We were only 6-of-18 and Bearden was 20-of-33,” Langley said. “I felt like we controlled the first half but let them hang around by putting them on the free-throw line. We went on a long drought in the third that allowed Bearden to take a lead and we just never could take it back from them.”

The Trojans (0-2, 0-1) took on Glen Rose in the Magnet Cove Tournament on Wednesday.

Girls

Hampton 39,

Junction City 19

JUNCTION CITY - The Lady Dragons opened conference play Tuesday with a home loss against the Lady Bulldogs. Hampton improved to 2-0, 1-0 while Junction City slipped to 1-2, 0-1.

Amire Grayson led the Lady Dragons with seven points with Allie Thurmon and Rhyanna Frazier scoring five points apiece.

Hampton was led by Alana Thompson with 12 and Brooke Ricker with seven.

Hampton won the junior high girls game 36-23.

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