Hampton girls win Kenesaw tournament

KENESAW — The Kenesaw girls basketball team did a better job in the second half limiting second-chance baskets for Hampton, but it still wasn't enough as the Hawks won 53-40 Tuesday to win the Kenesaw Holiday tournament.

"We just turned the ball over too much," Blue Devils head coach Jace Morgan said. "That first half we gave them too many second shots. We had a lead and we gave it up.

"I don't know how many possessions in a row they had offensive rebounds and put backs. That hurt us tonight. The second half we did a better job and cleaned up the rebounds a little bit, but too many turnovers still."

With the loss, Kenesaw is now 4-4. Hampton improved to 7-1.

"They are a really good basketball team," Morgan said. "Their only loss this year is against (Bruning-Davenport/Shickley), another really good team. They played great man-to-man defense and they're a really good basketball team."

Kenesaw had a lead for much of the first half, until Hampton's Tristin Mason hit a 3-pointer with two minutes until half time.

That shot tied the game at 20. The Hawks' Tayma Sebek then scored two points on the team's next possession.

Hampton went on a 7-2 run to end the second quarter with a 29-22 half time lead.

"We started off the game shooting all right," Morgan said. "Second half we did all right but that second quarter we still had 10 but it didn't feel like we had a good shooting night overall."

The Blue Devils were hampered by poor free-throw shooting.

"The last few games free throws have hurt us," Morgan said. "We were 5-for-11 tonight, so less than 50 percent."

Hampton's Mason led all scorers with 22 points, including 15 points in the first half.

"She's a good basketball player, 4-for-6 on 3s for her," Morgan said. "She's pretty tough to defend, she's pretty shifty with the ball, she shoots a good shot. She definitely hurt us that first half."

In the consolation game, Wilcox-Hildreth defeated Harvard 62-41. Wilcox-Hildreth is now 5-3 and Harvard is 1-8.

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