Last updated: December 02. 2013 8:39PM
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Sampson Middle’s girls opened up a strong first half lead against Union’s young Spartans, and despite a strong third quarter comeback by the visitors hung on to win their season opener in front of a home crowd. Final score was 32-20.

“Union played tough, particularly in the third quarter,” said Sampson coach Jamie Harper. “I was getting a little nervous, but our girls hung in there and held on for the win. Both teams played a good game.”

Sampson, with only three returning players, pulled way early in the first period, finishing ahead 9-0. Union got on the board in the second quarter, but the young Horses played consistently on both ends of the court, heading to the locker room with a commanding 20-4 lead.

But Union wasn’t going away that easy, and a strong Spartan third quarter pulled the visitors to within striking distance more than once. Sampson held a close 22-16 lead after three, but maintained strong defense on the Spartan end of the floor while connecting on their end to hold off the comeback effort.

“The girls did a very good job tonight,” Harper stressed. “I saw good things from this team tonight. We have three returners and some new talent …. it should be a good season; I’m looking forward to it.”

Leading scoring for the young Horses were Ashlyn Williams, 12; Edye Carr, 10; Terri Boone, 4; Mariah Boone-Whitted, 4; and Yasmine Monroe, 2.

Statistics for Union were not called in.

Sampson is 1-0 as the young season opens. They will face Midway Middle Thursday.

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