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Highlanders vanquish Lady 'Horns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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The broad side of a barn wouldn’t have been in harm’s way on Monday night at Cloudland. Johnson County couldn’t hit anything in their 58-38 loss to the Lady Highlanders inside of Sonny Smith Gymnasium.
They made only 2-of-13 from the field in the first quarter allowing Cloudland to build a 14-6 lead after one. Their shooting woes continued in the second quarter causing them to trail 25-11 at the half.
A frustrated Micahla Cretsinger didn’t sugarcoat her team’s play.
“We weren’t ready to play at all,” said Cretsinger. “We were goofing off on the bus, then we come out here and don’t play as a team. It’s frustrating because we’ve got the talent. It’s like a car. You’ve got to have all the parts working right before it will go. That’s us right now. You’ve got to play as a team to win games. And we can’t get going because we’re not doing that.”
Cretsinger was right on her observation in the early going.
Johnson County (2-4) fell behind 9-1 after turning the ball over five times before the midway mark.
Kourtney Tolley’s three with 2:50 showing was their first field goal.
Cloudland (3-1) used seven points by Shian Strickland and a three-ball from Kendal Mull to help build a 14-6 advantage after one. But the ‘Horns would whittle that away with a 6-2 run to start the second quarter.
A pair of free throws each by Cretsinger and Gianna Lay got them close at 16-12 following Tolley’s runner.
They swapped baskets and stayed with six at 20-14 but a couple of buckets in the paint by Peyton Johnson enabled the Lady ‘Landers to go back up by 11 at the half.
Cloudland got a huge lift from its star player Mull to start the third. She tallied seven quick points after sitting out most of the first half in foul trouble.
Johnson County tried to hang close behind five points from Lay but still trailed 40-27 after three.
After one more run, disaster would set in.
They closed to within eight at 40-32 behind Tolley’s deuce at the 6:23 but never made another field goal from there.
“It’s frustrating knowing that it’s all there and not coming together,” said Lay. “It’s nobody’s fault. It’s kind of a mental thing. But we’ve got to learn to play together as a team. We’re not going to get anywhere if we don’t.”
Lay ended the night with eight points and a game high 11 rebounds. Tolley led the way with 11 points while Cretsinger added 10.
Johnson, Mull and Strickland tallied 16, 14, and 12 points respectively for the Lady Highlanders.

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