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Cloudland Highlanders sweep varsity JCHS Longhorns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County appeared to have turned the corner after Friday’s win over Happy Valley, but Monday they took a step backward. Cloudland rallied for a three-point deficit after three quarters of play and won 57-45 inside of Sonny Smith Gymnasium.
The girls put up a first half fight but fell 66-44 to the Lady Highlanders.
Cloudland 57
Johnson County 45
Johnson County was looking to avenge an earlier loss to Cloudland but discombobulated down the stretch due to poor shooting.
Cloudland got a couple of baskets by Jesse Potter in the early going that helped build a 7-2 lead. Johnson County battled back getting three free throws by Jordan Edes-King and a three-ball from Jose Guzman to close the gap to one.
Colby Birchfield’s three-ball late in the quarter was vital allowing Cloudland to take a slim 11-10 lead after one.
Johnson County played well in the second quarter and managed to regain the lead with a late 9-3 run.
Guzman had a half dozen points in the frame while Cody Bailie worked the inside for four points. The Longhorns held a 25-21 halftime lead with the help of Bud Icenhour’s late three.
Cloudland got a three-ball by Potter to start the third but Johnson County responded in a big way. They mounted a 9-0 run behind the red hot shooting of Icenhour to take an eight point lead, but Cloudland would steal back the momentum.
Potter’s three-ball and a deuce from Birchfield reduced their lead down to 35-32 heading into the final frame.
That when things went sour for the Longhorns.
Cloudland went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth and grabbed a seven-point advantage.
The Longhorns missed five consecutive shots at one point and Cloudland responded during that stretch with eight points.
The dagger was the nine points scored by Josh Blair and eight more poured in by Preston Benfield.
The Longhorns were outscored 25-10 in the final frame.
Icenhour scored a game high 19 points to pace the Longhorns. Guzman added 13 in the loss.
Benfield tallied 17 points to lead Cloudland. Potter added 15 and Birchfield 14 giving the Highlanders three players in double figures. Blair’s nine points were definitely worth mentioning.
Cloudland 66
Johnson County 44

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