By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Try telling a team of freshmen and sophomores that junior varsity games dont matter, especially when the opponent is Elizabethton. The Longhorns broke open a tight first quarter contest en route to its 54-34 win over the Cyclones in a Hall of Fame game inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
Coach David Arnold used his entire bench to wear down the boys from Betsy. The Longhorns were tied 15-15 after one but increased that to 33-23 by the intermission.
Much of that was due to the red hot shooting of Dawson Snyder. He tallied a bakers dozen during the first two quarters and ended the night with a game high 19 points including four treys.
A trio of trifectas from Snyder, Blake Atwood and Kaden Arnold along with four points by Jordan Edes would be most of Johnson Countys offense during the first quarter. Betsy matched that with treys from Charlie Price, Lawson Wagner and Evan Perkins.
But the second quarter was a different story.
Johnson Countys defense created several turnovers which led to some easy baskets. Gabe Reece got free for a bucket as did Shawn Lewis and Jordan Edes. Snyder had a string of five consecutive points that enabled them to lead by 10 at the half.
The Horns kept padding their lead with Joe Lawson and Snyder bagging treys during the third. Zach Eller had a bucket as did Edes and Daniel Cunningham.
Johnson County led 45-29 after three and it didnt get any closer from there.
In addition to Snyder, Edes provided 12 points and eight rebounds. Atwood accounted for five points and six assists.
Perkins led the Cyclones with nine while Price tallied eight.
Johnson County 54-34
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