By Tim Chambers
Total collapse on Fairground Lane resembled nightmare on Elm Street for Johnson County Middle School over the past week. The boys lost to Hampton and Chuckey-Doak after defeating Cloudland on Tuesday.
The girls won a big contest over Chuckey-Doak but dropped a pair of games to Cloudland and Hampton.
Johnson County 37
The Junior Longhorns started out fast and jumped on top 10-2 only to see the Bulldogs battle back. Gavin Ward helped the Horns go up early by scoring six points in the quarter. John Stout had a couple of nice putbacks as did Zack Parsons.
The Horns took a 16-11 lead after one when Preston Greer swished a three at the buzzer.
Hampton gave up five offensive rebounds in the opening frame but corrected that during the second quarter.
They held the Longhorns to only one three-point goal and outscored the home team 12-3.
Isaiah McCoury had a pair of treys that helped the Dogs take a 23-19 halftime advantage.
The Bulldogs maintained its lead during the third quarter with the help of R.J. Tolley’s three-ball and two baskets each from Morgan Lyons and Logan Whitehead.
Corie Neely’s runner at the buzzer kept Johnson County within five after three but they couldn’t whittle into the deficit during the final stanza.
The Longhorns closed the gap down to four with the help of six points by Neely, but a three-point play by Lyons is just enough to stall their comeback effort.
McCoury led a well-balanced Bulldog attack with eight points. Lyons added seven points and 10 rebounds. Connor Jones tallied seven points and three assists. Tolley had a strong game with five points, two steals and two assists.
Zack Parsons led the Longhorns with 10 points and 11 boards. Ward had a good night with nine points while Neely chipped in with eight. Preston Greer, 6 points and John Stout, 4 points rounded out Johnson County’s scoring.
Johnson County 30
The Lady Longhorns trailed by 22 points in the second half but rallied to get within single digits at the end.
Hampton trailed 8-4 after one but outscored the Longhorns 17-8 in the second quarter to go up 21-16 at the half.
Johnson County’s inability to score in the third quarter proved to be costly. Hampton doubled the score by outscoring them 15-2 in the frame.
The Dogs led 37-18 heading into the final quarter.
Macey Luckett led their comeback efforts by swishing two long treys to start the fourth period. Baskets by Gracie Grayson, Savannah McKinney and Jacey Eshleman got it under 10 but they couldn’t get any closer.
Luckett and Sydni Potter led the Longhorns with seven points. McKinney added six points and Eshleman provided four.
Kenzie Ramey scored a game high 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Maggie Dugger added 13 points and seven rebounds.. Bre Davis collected six.
Johnson County 38
The Lady Longhorns trailed by one going into the fourth quarter but outscored the Black Knights 14 to 10 to pull out a close win.
Macey Luckett poured in 17 points to spark the Horns to its big victory. Jacey Eshleman added 12 points and six rebounds. Sydni Potter finished with six points while Kristen Day provided two.
Johnson County 40
Johnson County inability to knock down some short-range jumpers allowed Chuckey-Doak to steal away a victory from them.
The Longhorns placed three players in double figures. Zack Parsons led the way with 12 points. Corie Neely added 11 points and John Stout chipped in with 10. Preston Greer (5 points) Gavin Ward (4 points), Nate Rice 3 points and 1 by Dillon Kelly rounded out the Longhorns’ scoring.
Cody Fleshour and Caden Tulock tallied 13 and 10 points respectively for the Black Knights.
Johnson County 50
A big win over the Highlanders prevented the Horns from coming up empty-handed in the trio of games they played last week.
Corie Neely had a big night scoring 16 points. Gavin Ward played lights-out by tallying 13 points. Preston Greer reached double figures with 10. Zack Parson logged eight points and nine rebounds.
Caleb Sluder led the Highlanders with 19 points.
Johnson County 26
The Lady Highlanders were never challenged in this one.
Sydni Potter and Jacey Eshleman had eight points apiece for Johnson County. Savannah Mckinney provided six and Macey Luckett collected four.
Taylor Hicks and Karah Field scored 20 and 19 points respectively for the Highlanders.