It was a hard-fought battle from the beginning as Sampson Middle’s Dark Horse girls tangled with Hobbton Middle’s young Wildcats.
In the end, Sampson came out the victor with a 25-17 win, but coach Jamie Harper said it was “quite the game,” with both teams giving it all they had.
“Both teams played really well,” Harper said. “Hobbton played really good defense in the first quarter, and they were able to hold us pretty good.”
In fact, it was a defense battle on both ends of the ball, with the score after one just 2-0, the young lady ‘Cats ahead.
“My girls struggled quite a bit in that first quarter, but they found their footing after that and we were able to pull things together,” Harper said.
The Sampson girls were able to make a comeback during that second period, scoring 8 points and taking a 1-point lead into the half.
“Both teams were really giving it everything they had, but when we came back from the break, we were able to pull away just a little bit.”
Harper said she got good play from all the girls who came in to battle it out with Hobbton. “They really stepped up, all the girls who went on the court. They played hard and I started to see some of the stuff we’ve been working on season actually gelling.”
Leading the way for Sampson was Terri Boone with 12 points. She was followed by Ashlyn Williams who had 5 points. Four other girls — Edye Carr, Mariah Whitted, Hannah Blackburn and Anastasia Collier — contributed 2 points each.
Sampson moves to 2-1 on the season. They face Roseboro-Salemburg Middle on Monday.
Hobbton stats were not called in.