Hampton Tops Huskies In Overtime, But Britton Sets New County Standard

Hampton Tops Huskies In Overtime, But Britton Sets New County Standard
Written by 
Mark Brooks
March 2, 2023

BLOUNTVILLE - The North Greene Huskies left it all on the floor on Tuesday night in an overtime loss to the Hampton Bulldogs 57-53 in the Region 1-1A semifinals.

North Greene coach Sam Tarlton said, "I told them, just give ourselves a chance and they did that. If I have to look at one thing it’s probably a slow start, then turnovers and loose balls. I can’t say more about the effort, they could have laid down many times. I love my kids and proud of their effort that they gave me tonight."

Photos By Matt Laws - Crater County Sports

It was a game the many thought would be Mr. Basketball finalist versus Mr. Basketball finalist with Hampton's Caden Buckels goigng head-to-head with Jason Britton of North Greene, but the two only matched up on each other a few times.

Hampton raced out to the early lead 12-1 lead before Britton hit a short jumper and then stole the ball and went coast to coast for the layup.  Lance Carrico sank a triple from the key as North Greene inched closer at 14-8 as the first quarter ended.

Photos By Matt Laws

Buckles started the second quarter with a triple from the elbow and Hayden Campbell powered up a layup from in front to increase the Bulldogs' lead to 21-10.

Britton hit another short jumper, and another steal went coast to coast for a layup as the quarter ended to the Huskies close at 25-17 at the half.

The third quarter saw both teams literally match each other stride for stride but Hampton maintained an eight-point cushion at 37-29.

As the fourth quarter opened North Greene's Luca May was tagged with a personal foul and Sam English was hit with a technical foul during a slight altercation. Buckles hit both technical free throws.

When play resumed Buckles hit both ends of a one-and-one at the 4:15 mark and it looked as if the Huskies were done, down 11 at 45-34.

Buckles would foul out during the Huskies 12-0 run over the next three minutes, taking the lead at 46-45 when Britton sank two free throws at the 1:20 mark.

With the score 48-46 the Huskies were holding for the last shot to win or tie/ Bennett McClain came free in the lane a tied the score with a floater with 3.3 seconds left. The Bulldogs did get off a shot for the win, but it was no good and overtime was needed to settle this one.

Photos By Matt Laws

Chance Point put the Dogs up early in overtime, but Britton answered with a three from the elbow to put the Huskies up one at 51-50.

Eugene Carrico powered up a layup from in front and was fouled, he sank the free toss and the Bulldogs were up 55-53 with 39 seconds to play.

The Huskies were looking for a good shot when Britton drove to the basket with 17 seconds remaining and was converged on by three Bulldogs. His shot was no good, the Bulldogs rebounded and a fast break sealed the deal for the No.4 ranked team in Class 1A, 57-53.

Photos By Matt Laws

Hidden inside the great game was that Jason Britton now holds the all-time single season Greene County scoring record with 970 points.

A physically and emotionally drained Britton said, “It feels great because the last record holder, Ja’kobi Gillespie, is a great Division 1 player. To break his record feels amazing."

North Greene

Britton 25, Carrico 3, Malone 5, McClain 4, May 7, T.Britton3, Davenport 2, English 4


Buckles 18, Carrico 11, Campbell 7, Point 5, Anspaugh 9, Trivett 3

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