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Black Knights joust Horns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Fans got more than they bargained for in Monday’s consolation game of the Little Watauga Conference Basketball tournament. Johnson County took top seed Chuckey-Doak down to the wire but fell 36-33 in the boys’ game.
The Black Knights were upset by Hampton on Saturday and appeared headed for another loss. But they overcame a nine-point deficit to start the fourth quarter to pull out their dramatic victory.
“We played hard and the kids stepped up on defense,” said Johnson County’s head coach Lisa Arnold. “It just came down to ball handling at the end and we didn’t do it. It’s disappointing because that’s what we do best, but we turned it over and missed some layups. We played great until the final three minutes of the game.”
That wasn’t the case in the early going when they fell behind 8-3 after one.
The Longhorns had five players score in the second quarter but they still trailed 18-13 at the half. But things would change during the third quarter.
Johnson County’s full court press gave the Black Knights fits from the outset. Zach Eller scored seven consecutive points to put his team up 24-21 at the 2:57 mark.
Baskets by Jayden Joiner, Troy Arnold and Nathan Lane allowed them to close the frame on a 6-0 run. They took what appeared to be a safe 30-21 lead into the final quarter.
But C-D would grab back the momentum during the final three minutes of the game.
Joiner’s runner kept the Horns in front 32-36 with 2:58 remaining, but the roof caved in from there.

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