Bulldogs start out hot, cool off

Cade Klein of Hampton-Dumont races down the court after stealing the ball from Fort Dodge St. Edmond in the first half of the Bulldogs’ 59-46 loss to the Gaels. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON — Much like its start in Hampton-Dumont’s opener, the Bulldogs got out strong in their home opener against Fort Dodge St. Edmond, but cooled off and the Gaels took advantage in handing them a 59-46 setback at home on Friday, Nov. 30.

H-D started out at 21-12 and didn’t give up its first lead until 1 minute, 9 seconds left in the first half at 29-27 and held that upper hand into the break.

Coach Heath Walton’s team regained the lead in the third quarter and didn’t relinquish it until 1:37 remained in that quarter, but Walton said the damage had already been done during that second quarter in which the Gaels rallied.

“I think we came out and shot the ball really well,” Walton said. “Second quarter, went through a significant drought..."

The full story appears in the Dec. 5 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.