By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
ELIZABETHTON Stoney Creek has been a tough place to play at for Johnson County in past years but they passed with flying colors on Tuesday. The Longhorns stampeded to a 60-42 non-conference win despite having one of its leading scorers out.
Cody Bailie missed the game with a bruised knee that will sideline him for a few days but seven other players were there to pick up the scoring slack. That left head coach Austin Atwood happy with his teams performance.
I thought that rebounding and limiting them to one shot was the key, said Atwood. We were sometimes getting three or four looks off offensive rebounds. They had a tough night going against Sullivan South the night before with those 66 and 67 post players. Our scoring was balanced and we stepped up defensively. Im happy with the way we played.
That happiness started during the first quarter. The Longhorns (7-4) got a pair of buckets by Austin Houser and one from Caleb Throop to go up 6-1 in the opening minute. They never trailed in the game.
The Horns kept added to their advantage. Nathan Arnold swished a deuce and while Chase Phillips and Bud Icenhour added one apiece in the closing seconds.
Johnson County led 16-5 after one. They turned up their defense in the second quarter that starved off a Unaka run. The Longhorns outscored them 16-12 and held the Creekers scoreless over a three-minute span. Icenhour opened things up with a deuce followed by a clutch three from J.R. Speed that ended a 5-0 Rangers run. They took advantage of Unakas scoring drought from that point and built a 10-point cushion. Jose Guzman had five points, one off a nice dish by Phillips. Arnold and Throop provided a deuce apiece.
Unaka (3-9) trailed 32-18 at the half but would find itself down by 18 midway through the third.
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