Hound boys get first win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 18, 1999

Christmas came a little early at Huntington High as the boys were lead by Josh Johns 17 points propelling the Hounds to their first win, 60-54 over Adams Christian. The Lady Hounds were not as fortunate as Amanda Walker and Laurie Davis poured in 15 points each as the Lady Rebels crushed the hosts 64-31.

Adams Christian Lady Rebel coach Bruce Pickle had reason to be concerned considering a 1-3 mark in their last four games.

&uot;It is no mystery we have not played well, the hustle has not been there. The girls have to understand that nobody is going to lay down because we are ACCS. We have to be more consistent, that’s the bottom line.&uot;

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Both teams got off to a sluggush start as the Lady Hounds missed a number of easy shots. Huntington’s cold shooting and early foul trouble enabled ACCS to apply the clamps of their suffocating full court pressure. ACCS lead 15-6 after one period.

With leaders JoLee Hughes and Emily Hazlip sitting with three fouls each, Laurie Davis started heating up from the perimeter.

Bethani Gamberi and Katie Anders chipped in 10 points each for ACCS, while Tiffany Hughes paced the hosts with 11.

Huntington’s boys opened the game by blitzing the stunned visitors with a 16-2 run. Josh Johns scored 10 in the first period. ACCS did hang around however, and eventually cut the deficit to nine thanks to Hayden Wadsworth’s 10 points in the second half.

Lead by the consistent effort of Ty Smith, who finished with a game-high 21 points, the Rebels almost staged a unbelievable comeback. Cutting the lead to only 58-54, ACCS had the ball with under a minute to play. But an errant pass locked up the victory for the underdog Hounds.

In Friday’s action, the Hounds played tough but to no avail as the boys varsity lost an overtime heartbreaker by a 54-52 score to Briarfield. Eric Smith lead the Hounds with 21 points. Penny Moak’s Lady Hounds lost 59-51 but got courageous efforts from Emily Hazlip and Sarah Ashmore who scored 22 and 16 points respectively. Huntington’s JV boys and girls teams swept Briarfield by the scores of 45-21 and 33-19.