Little Elm’s Hampton quiets crowd as Lobos win 71-46


Kasey Harvey

With a fan in the stands holding up three fingers, senior Peyton Harwell hits a long distance 3-pointer during Tuesday's game against Little Elm. Both the Redhawks and Lobos entered the game ranked among the top 10 teams in 5A but Little Elm pulled away in for the 71-46 win.

Kasey Harvey, Editor-in-chief

Former district rivals went head to head on Tuesday night at The Nest with Redhawks falling to the Little Elm Lobos 71-46. With a gym full of screaming fans trying to rally the team in its first home game of the year, the atmosphere was fitting of a playoff game.

“The huge crowd definitely made it a fun atmosphere but as a basketball player you only dream of playing in that type of atmosphere,” senior Zion Richardson said via text. “It definitely impacted us a little but we try not to focus on that too much but most definitely loved the crowd and energy they brought.”

Leading up to tip off, trash talk was flying back and forth on social media and in the stands as the number seven recruit in the nation for the class of 2020, Little Elm’s R.J. Hampton, entered the gym.

Soon, Hampton took over The Nest leading all scorers with 28 points.

“My thought process going into the game was to get my teammates involved, everybody play hard,” Hampton said. “I knew it was going to be packed so we tried to show out.”

With a chance of seeing Little Elm in playoffs, the Redhawks look to improve until that time.

“We didn’t play up to our standard but hats off to Little Elm, they did a great job,” head basketball coach Stephen Friar said. “I would say going forward we will play with more confidence. It’ll be a better chance for us to understand that that’s the level of play that we have to strive to and get to. It’ll bring out the best in our players at that point in time.”