By Tim Chambers
Behind a storm you can sometimes find a silver lining. That was the case with the Lady Longhorns on Friday.
Johnson County got blown out by Elizabethton 74-34 on Friday but the effort was much better than Tuesday’s performance.
The Lady Longhorns were pummeled by Cloudland 77-18 earlier in the week; only this time they didn’t throw in the towel. They continued to play hard the entire way, outscoring the Cyclones 12-7 in the final quarter.
“We’re giving up height to most teams and we’ve got young players who are still learning to rebound as a team and box out,” said Wampler. “That and their shooting hurt us. They had to be hitting 60 or 70 percent from the field. Those weren’t padding their stats with just layups either. They were hitting shots from 15-18 feet out. It’s hard to defend against that.”
Elizabethton took a commanding 29-3 lead after the first quarter. They increased it to 54-14 at the half.
There wasn’t much that Johnson County could do from that point.
Elizabethton got 17 first half points from Ashley Depew including four treys. Bailey Montgomery, Loren Campbell and Haley Burleson added 10 points each.
The Cyclones held a 30-10 rebounding edge at the break, getting several second and third chance opportunities. The majority of them where converted back into easy baskets.
Michala Cretsinger hustled her way to 13 points, three steals and five rebounds. Freshman Taylor Parsons ended with six points and a game high 10 rebounds.
It was the Three Rivers Conference opener for both teams. The Cyclones evened their overall record at 2-2. Johnson County is now 2-4.