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Hampshire's Michael Dumoulin (behind) and Johnsburg's T.J. Sigmund (34) wrestle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of their game at Johnsburg High School Wednesday. January 16, 2013. The Whip-Purs won 49-40. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Medi

Hampshire had trouble getting layups down early, or dropping shots from anywhere later, but one thing the Whip-Purs did very well Wednesday night was make it difficult for Johnsburg to do anything about it.

The Whip-Purs came away with a 49-40 road victory in the Fox Valley Fox as Mike Dumoulin and Brendan Waterworth put clamps on Johnsburg’s top scoring threats and the team defense walled off the interior late in the game.

“We knew it was going to be tough on (post player) Shane (Hernandez),” said Dumoulin, the Whip-Purs’ 6-foot-2 senior forward. “So every game is different.

“Somebody has to step up every day. It was just my day.”

Dumoulin had Johnsburg’s 6-3 forward T.J. Sigmund and Waterworth guarded 5-11 guard Kevin Dombrowski. Sigmund scored six points and none in the fourth quarter while Dombrowski had only two points until scoring six fourth-quarter points very late.

“We were just trying to play aggressive with them,” said Tyler Crater, who had a game-high 18 points but only five in the second half after foul trouble. “Mike and Brendan did a great job on their two best scorers and we forced a lot of turnovers.”

Hampshire (14-3, 3-1) fought its way through screens and recovered after making runs at Johnsburg’s three-point shooters in the fourth quarter, and held the Skyhawks (7-10, 1-3) to only four shots from the field and five turnovers in the first 6:45 of the fourth quarter.

In the meantime, Hampshire put together just enough offense to pull out to a 45-35 lead with 1:40 remaining.

Hernandez, who had nine points and 12 rebounds, had a big layup off an assist from for a 45-35 lead. Then Johnsburg missed its next four shots to seal the defeat.

“I think we wanted to attack the basket, but I thought we settled for threes,” Johnsburg coach Mike Toussaint said.

“We’ve done that all year. And we don’t shoot the three-ball very well. We shot 18 of them tonight. We didn’t get looks. We attacked, got some kickouts and they defended it well.”

Hampshire started off missing six layups or short bankers in the first quarter, but managed to pull out to a 15-8 lead behind six first-quarter points from Cork, who had 14 points on the night, and five from Crater.

“Again, we missed too many layups,” Hampshire coach Bob Barnett said.

“Maybe I’ll have to make them run the mile beforehand so their legs wear down so (the layups) go in.”

Hampshire successfully protected that seven-point first-quarter lead the rest of the game. Despite hitting just 20-of-52 from the field (38 percent) for the game, Hampshire’s lead got below six only once, on the first basket of the second quarter. Then eight points by Crater in the second quarter in a 10-2 run left Johnsburg scrambling the rest of the game.

The Skyhawks were held to 18-of-49 from the floor for the game (37 percent).

“This is a tough place to play — this was a nice win,” Barnett said of his team’s sixth victory in eight straight road games. “It seems like we’ve been on the road forever.”

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