Bulldogs snap 20-game skid at Grundy

Dustin Miller of Hampton-Dumont momentarily steals the ball away from Grundy Center’s Zach Opheim during the Bulldogs’ first win of the season. Miller scored a team-high 25 points in the 69-67 victory. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

GRUNDY CENTER – Hampton-Dumont boys’ basketball coach Heath Walton insists it isn’t playing Grundy Center that brings out the best in his team.

But it sure didn’t hurt as the Bulldogs snapped a 20-game losing streak, winning for the first time since they played the Spartans at home in another close thriller 364 days since the last H-D victory.

The 69-67 win over Grundy Center was the largest scoring output for Hampton-Dumont since Feb. 9, 2016 when the Bulldogs defeated Iowa Falls Alden (71-61).

“I think we played against Clarion and that is one we played in the first half where we were really focused,” Walton said. “And then, just didn’t…game-by-game we’re realizing that you have to put that together...."

The full story appears in the Dec. 26 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.