Bulldogs hound Wildcats, hold on for NCC win

Hampton-Dumont’s Kaci Arjes puts up a shot to score a pair of her 13 first-half points in the Bulldogs’ 49-43 win over Humboldt on Tuesday, Jan. 30. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON – All of the intensity on defense that the Hampton-Dumont girls’ basketball team used in the first half came back to make it an exciting final few minutes in the Bulldogs’ 49-43 win over Humboldt.

While rotating mostly six players in, coach Miranda Valley’s team built a 17-3 first quarter lead that expanded to 29-10 at halftime but had to hold on as exhaustion set in.

“They were tired,” Valley admitted. “First half we were playing six, Calista (Polk) gives us seven, so that’s not very deep. But I’m proud of them, they played very, very hard in the first half and that’s what allowed them to get tired in the second half and at no point was I concerned.”

The full story appears in the Feb. 7 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.