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November 16, 2012

PREP BASKETBALL: Hopper's heroics help Vinemont start season with 43-41 squeaker

VINEMONT — As Vinemont's starting quarterback for the last two years, Duncan Hopper knows a thing or two about pressure-packed situations.

So when it came time for someone to step up on the final play of the Eagles' season-opener at home against Decatur Heritage, it wasn't surprising the senior knew what to do with the ball in his hands.

Hopper was the hero Thursday night, nailing a shot while driving the lane as time expired to lift Vinemont to nail-biting 43-41 victory.

Coach Todd Johnson said the game was tight throughout and wasn't always pretty considering the school's football players only had two practices to prepare. Despite the struggles, he couldn't complain about the final result.

“We played sloppy, but we will take the win,” Johnson said.

Garrett Sipe was Vinemont's top scorer with 10 points, while Ty Jones and Lance Stanley were close behind with nine apiece. Hopper pitched in seven, Blake Jones was good for six and Jacob Smith had two.

The Eagles will stay at home to play West Point tonight.


Varsity girls

% Decatur Heritage 50, Vinemont 43: The Eagles dropped to 1-2 on the early season, dropping a close contest on their home floor Thursday night.

Statistics were not provided for Vinemont.

The Eagles opened the 2012-13 Nov. 5-6 by hosting the Tip-Off Classic. They crushed Parrish 61-15 on the first day but fell 51-27 to Susan Moore on the second.


Junior varsity boys

% Vinemont 43, Decatur Heritage 10: The Eagles' JV squad left the late-game drama to its varsity counterparts, delivering a beatdown in their debut.

Zac Drake and Trey Tucker both scored nine points for Vinemont. Austan Hedgecock contributed seven.


% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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