By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It wasnt the first place gold trophy they had hoped for but the seventh grade Longhorns still hauled home the second place silver one from Happy Valley Middle School on Saturday. They defeated Cloudland 22-7 to reach the title game but fell 47-34 in the championship contest.
Johnson County 22
Two factors in this contest led to Johnson Countys easy victory. Their defense allowed only one Highlander to score and 14 of their 22 points came during the first quarter.
We came out ready to play, said Johnson County head coach Devin Shaw. Our defense was outstanding and we moved the ball well. We hit a stretch in which I was disappointed with our offense. But defensively we played lights out the entire game.
A deuce by Ian Norris and a Clayton Cross three-ball got things started for Johnson County in the early going. The duo added a bucket each in addition to Stacy Greers basket that made it 12-0 at the 1:02 mark.
Ryan Morefield closed the quarter with a steal and layup. Johnson County led 14-0 after one.
Trevor Gentry scored Johnson Countys only basket in the second quarter but Cloudland couldnt capitalize. Elijah Bare had their only bucket and they trailed 16-2 at the break.
Bare would finish the game with seven points but no other Highlander scored.
The Longhorns would manage only seven second-half points but it was more than enough to secure the win.
Cross and Ian Norris led the Longhorns with seven points apiece. Morefield finished with four. Greer and Gentry tallied two each.
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