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Horns romp past Hurley 61-31

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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BRISTOL, VA— Johnson County bounced back from a loss to Sullivan East on Thursday to knock off Hurley, Virginia in a big way on Friday. The ‘Horns never trailed in their 61-31 romp played at John Battle High School.
It was a contest that the ‘Horns dominated from the outset. Head coach Austin Atwood was pleased with their performance.
“We got to play a lot of kids and they all played well,” said Atwood. “Plus we shot the ball good. We’ve played a lot of games this week so getting our bench playing time was important. This week has sort of been like a tournament atmosphere. I like doing this early in the season.”
Johnson County wasted no time taking control of the game in this one. They jumped on top 17-8 in the first quarter and led by a dozen at the half.
“Our bench stepped up and gave us lots of good minutes,” added Atwood. “Those are things you like to see this time of year.”
He loved seeing the Longhorns go on a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. They led by 20 midway through the quarter.
The margin had ballooned to 49-22 heading into the final stanza. And their depth kept wearing Hurley down.
The Longhorns used a five in and five out platoon system during the game. Eight players were able to get in on the scoring act.
Austin Houser led the way with 13 points. Brandon Vannoy and Bud Icenhour added 10 apiece. Jose Guzman just missed double figures with nine. Cody Bailey and Caleb Throop provided seven and six point respectively. Chase Phillips and Nathan Arnold had three apiece.
Brady Justice scored 11 points to pace Hurley.

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