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Taylor Cox joins 1,000-point club

By Tim Chambers
SPORTS EDITOR

Johnson County’s senior guard Taylor Cox is living proof that good things can come in small packages. Her head coach Leon Tolley recognized the 5’8 guard for going over the 1,000 point total in her basketball career, one that almost wasn’t. Cox didn’t grow up through the youth league ranks but had to learn the game on the fly. She used to go play the game with her parents in the gym and has picked up on it through her coaches.

“I didn’t even know what a foul’ really was,’ said Cox. I had to learn the rules the dos and don’ts, but it is all starting to come together. I feel more comfortable now because of my coaches. We play for the best up here. ”

Her coaches are glad that Cox decided to learn the game upon her arrival at Johnson County, especially Tolley.

“You always know that Taylor is going to give you everything she has,” says Tolley. She doesn’t care to take the shot when you need it most, and she’s a good rebounder for her size. The head coach also complimented her teammates for getting her involved.”

“When you score 1,000 points, that means that the players around you have not played selfish,” added Cox, whose teammates joined her on the court as she was honored.”

“I wouldn’t have been able to have done it without them,” said Cox, who feels like the team is started to believe that they can win. “I would love to get a chance to play in college, but more than anything, I would love to win the regional tournament and make the state tournament. That would be like a dream come true.”

Cox complimented her teammates for the way they played on Tuesday night, especially her fellow guard Natalie Winters, who does a great job of getting everyone the ball.

“She played so well, and I am very happy for her,” Cox said.

Cox was joined by her mom and dad Assistant football coach Craig Cox and her mom Beth Cox as she was presented a ball before the game for reaching the milestone.

“It’s all nice and surreal, but things like this don’t happen without your coaches or teammates, and I’ve got the best ones,” said Cox. “I want to thank them all because each of them is special. We still have a lot left to play for. We definitely want to make it into the regional tournament.”

Cox has already had a taste of the state in tennis. She and her sister Olivia have competed in the state tournament in doubles over the past two years.Cox will leave her mark as being an outstanding two-sport athlete for the Lady Longhorns. She could also be one who helps them get to their first regional tournament in 24 years.

Taylor Cox is pictured with her mom Beth Cox and dad Craig Cox before Tuesday’s game with University School. She was honored for scoring her 1,000th point against Elizabethton on Friday. Photo by Joey Icenhour