Hampton has faced three solid opponents in its first three games, and the Talbots hope the tough sledding will pay off.
The Talbots lost both games in the Seneca Valley tournament to the host school (63-55) and to Fox Chapel (57-42), which features Duke recruit Erin Mathias.
This past Tuesday, the Talbots fell to what likely is the top team in all of Class A girls basketball, the Vincentian Academy Royals. After holding a halftime lead, the Talbots fell to the Royals, 62-58. The Talbots then earned their first victory of the season this past Thursday with a 48-37 nonsection victory over host Mount Pleasant. Coach Mary Bukovac has an experienced -- but young -- team with just five seniors on the 14-player roster. The Rams host Highlands at 7:30 p.m. today.