By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Monday nights matinee between Hampton and Johnson County was just what the doctor ordered to set the stage for Tuesdays varsity game. The freshmen Longhorns outlasted the Bulldogs 46-42 in a hard fought game inside of VanHuss-White Gymnasium.
Johnson County established the tempo in the early going by jumping out to a 10-0 lead. The Bulldogs never led in the contest.
I thought our inside players stepped up and played well, said Johnson Countys freshmen coach Trent Snyder. They hit the boards hard and our guards ran the floor well. We got after it on defense in the early going and that helped us jump out to a good lead. Give Hampton credit for the way they battled. They played hard and got back in it. We couldnt put them away.
The Longhorns played a flawless first quarter. Baskets by Blake Atwood, Jayden Joiner, Troy Arnold and Mason Stanley set the tone for their double-digit advantage.
Hamptons only points came on a three-ball each by Bryce Andrews and Jayden Livingston, but the Horns would answer in a big way.
Gavin Reece and Troy Phillips were able to nail jumpers and extend the lead back to a dozen after Hampton had whittled it to eight. Iain Testers putback provided the Longhorns a 20-6 cushion after one.
The Longhorns managed to score only one field goal in the second quarter but did get three free throws from Atwood. Hampton used a basket by Timber Shaw to whittle off a couple but they still trailed 26-14 at the half.
The Bulldogs were able to get two quick scores early in the third quarter but the Longhorns were still able to maintain their double-digit lead.
Zack Eller provided a steal and a layup followed by buckets each by Atwood and Tester. Eller dazzled the crowd with a no-look pass to Stanley for a hoop, then added a nice little floater down the lane for good measure.
Their bakers dozen lead stood at 36-23 to start the fourth.
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