3A STATE BASKETBALL: Lamar displays early hot hand, rolls to first-round victory over Hackett

Lamar Coach Brett Sampley
Lamar Coach Brett Sampley

ELKINS -- Lamar's boys found a number of ways to quickly get Hackett on its heels, and that's what Coach Brett Sampley wanted to see Tuesday afternoon.

The Warriors' combination of transition buckets and three-point shooting provided a fast start and eventually led to the their 77-57 victory during opening-round action of the Class 3A state basketball tournament.

Freshman guard Kendrick Carr had a pair of breakaway dunks and Caleb Green added a trio of three-pointers as Lamar (23-8) built a 25-11 cushion after the first quarter.

"We came out hot, and that's what we wanted to do," Sampley said. "We wanted to come out fast and let them play catch up all night long. We were able to keep that 10-, 11-, 12-point lead throughout the night, then we were able to open up at the end when they took a couple of bad shots.

"Overall, I was just proud of our effort and glad to be playing again Thursday."

The slower pace in the second quarter did allow Hackett (24-8) the opportunity to make things closer. The Hornets scored eight straight points and pulled within 30-23 after Eli Slavens' three-pointer with 3:07 before halftime, but Lamar enjoyed a 37-28 halftime cushion after Benjamin Noonan hit two free throws with 7 seconds left.

The Warriors then blew the game open as they started the second half with a 12-3 run and extended their lead to a 49-31 margin on Noonan's bucket with 3:14 left in the third quarter. Lamar took a 57-42 into the fourth quarter and enjoyed its biggest advantage when Kaz Crotts' three-pointer made it a 75-52 game with 1:08 remaining.

"If we can get out and run, we're good," Sampley said. "But we can also run our halfcourt sets too. We got a few long rebounds and had some runouts. We got a few long rebounds, got some runouts and opened it up a little bit and put a little pressure on them."

Carr finished with 21 points to lead four players in double figures for Lamar, which will play in an 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal game Thursday. Green added 19 for the Warriors, while Lane Miller had 15 and Noonan 13. Hayden Foster led Hackett with 22 points and Slavens added 20.


Bergman bolted to an early 18-4 lead and went on to ruin LISA Academy North's first state tournament appearance.

Dylan Friend had six three-pointers and finished with 30 points to lead the Panthers (31-10), who had their lead cut to 27-18 at halftime and as many as seven in the third quarter. Bergman regrouped to extend its lead to 43-33 to close out the third and followed a Khaleel Clinkscale three-pointer with 10 straight points, capped by Friend's three-pointer to make it a 53-36 game.

Zion Fultz added 12 points for the Panthers, who will play a 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal game Friday. Makale Guy scored 19 for LISA Academy North, followed by Peyton Lambert with 11.


Tommy Reddick hit 3 of his 4 three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 19 points as Dumas rolled past Gosnell in Tuesday's late game.

Reddick helped the Bobcats (29-4) jump out to a 25-12 lead, while Billy Reddick had 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter as they extended their lead to 42-23. Raylen Spratt added 15 points and Joseph Jones 11 for the Bobcats, who advanced to a 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal game Friday.

Marcus Anderson, a freshman, led Gosnell (15-15) with 13 points.

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