By Scott R. Fisher
AFTON - The drama and tension was through the roof Tuesday night at Chuckey-Doak High School.
Hampton and Chuckey-Doak split a non-conference matchup to close out the season as CDHS celebrated Senior Night. Both basketball games were decided late and each winning team overcame a huge deficit to pull out the win.
The Lady Knights could not hold to an early 17-5 lead and eventually fell 57-49. The Black Knights overcame the very same deficit and won in dramatic fashion, 51-48
Black Knights Win At The Buzzer
Chuckey-Doak head coach Sam Broyles probably did not draw up the final play quite how it played out. But, the hometown fans were just as happy with the result.
With the score tied at 48, Broyles chose to hold the ball for the final shot when his team gained possession with 1:15 left. He called timeout with 10.8 remaining.
The Black Knights worked the ball around and it eventually found its way into Taylor Johnson's hands with the clock running out. Johnson let go of a shot that found the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded.
Chuckey-Doak earned an improbable win with the shot by Johnson from behind the three-point arc.
The Black Knights struggled early and battled uphill most of the contest. The Bulldogs scored the first 10 points of the game to set the tone early.
Chuckey-Doak trailed 17-5 after Cory Swinney drained a three-pointer before the end of the first quarter.
Hampton maintained a lead right around 10 points for most of the second quarter until just before halftime.
The Bulldogs' Stanley Valentine sank two free throws with 1:06 left in the half to push his team's lead to 26-15. But Chuckey-Doak responded by scoring the last six points of the second quarter. Swinney got the run going with a basket. The Garrett Johnson made a basket and was fouled. Johnson missed the free throw, though. Johnson came up with another basket before time ran out and the score stood at 26-21 going into the break.
It took Chuckey-Doak just over three minutes into the second half to grab its first lead. Johnson converted a three-point play, Josh Lamb contributed a basket and Swinney sank one-of-two free throws to put the home team in front, 29-28.
The tension continued to build the rest of the game as the two teams traded blows for the final 12:50.
Hampton built a seven-point lead in response to the Black Knights taking the lead. Chuckey-Doak answered with a quick 7-0 run to tie up the score at 36.
The third quarter ended with Hampton's Wesley Murray knocking down his fifth three-pointer of the game to give his team a 40-38 lead.
Swinney opened the fourth with a triple of his own to regain the lead for CDHS.
Hampton held a 48-46 lead when Ben Gridley stepped to the free-throw line with 1:45 remaining and sank both foul shots to knot the score once again.
Chuckey-Doak was able to come up with a big defensive stop on the next Hampton possession. That setup the drama at the end of the game.
The Black Knights were led offensively by Swinney with 14 points and Garrett Johnson with 13. Taylor Johnson added seven points.
Hampton was led by Murray with 21 points.
Lady Bulldogs Storm Back For Win
In the opening game, Chuckey-Doak had everything going its way at the start of the game. Unfortunately, down the stretch everything went Hampton's way.
The final score was 57-49, but the game was much closer than that.
Chuckey-Doak enjoyed a 49-48 lead with 1:15 remaining in the contest after Keri Ricker knocked down a shot. Those would be the last points for the Lady Knights.
Hampton retook the lead for good when Monica Allivera scored with 30 seconds left. Then the Lady Bulldogs made seven-of-eight shots at the free throw line.
Early on, it looked as though Chuckey-Doak would run away with the game. After failing behind 5-4, the Lady Knights ran off 13 straight points to finish the first quarter. Katie Lawson and Hannah Riddle each contributed four points in the scoring outburst.
Hampton responded in the second half by scoring the first eight points. The margin quickly dropped to 17-13.
The Lady Knights built it back up to 24-15 before the Lady Bulldogs ended the half with a 5-0 run to pull within 24-20 at the break.
The story of the third quarter was a pair of runs. Each team had a good scoring burst to help its cause.
Hampton netted 16 of the first 20 points in the third to take a commanding 36-28 lead. The Lady Knights scored six of the final seven points to keep the margin within 37-34 heading into the final quarter.
Twice in the fourth quarter, Chuckey-Doak knotted up the score. Each time Hampton responded with baskets and made foul shots.
It seemed the Lady Knights had enough fight in them to match the Lady Bulldogs. When Ricker scored with just over a minute left, it looked as though Chuckey-Doak's blown lead would be forgotten.
The Lady Bulldogs had other ideas, though, and were strong at the free throw line when the game was on the line.
The only Lady Knight to reach double-digit scoring was Hannah Riddle with 16 points. Lawson and Andi Lamb each contributed eight points in the loss.
Hampton's Alexis Bowers led all scorers with 25 points.