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Defense plays major role in Hampton's success

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nick Tolomeo's feature on the Hampton girls' basketball team:

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"Behind the best scoring defense in WPIAL Class AAA, the Hampton girls basketball team has climbed through the top of Section 1 past the halfway point of the section season.

Hampton is 12-4 overall and 7-0 in section play mostly because it is allowing 28.3 points per game. That defense gets even stingier against section opponents where the Talbots are only allowing a remarkable 16.7 points per game.

Hampton's zone defense has been nearly impenetrable in some games. It held New Castle to 21 points, Mount Pleasant to 20, Freeport to 18, Knoch to 10 and most recently it held Highlands to seven on Monday night. The Talbots have held opponents scoreless for entire quarters. New Castle did not score its first basket until the second quarter.

And the defense has come up big when it mattered the most. Against Mars, the team Hampton split the section title with last season, the Talbots defense dominated in a 46-24 win."

(Photo: Hampton coach Mary Bukovac has her team undefeated in Section 1-AAA. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette.)