By Tim Chambers
KINGSPORT– It took a giant performance by a pint-sized point guard to end Johnson County’s season on Saturday. Lina Lyons fired in 21 points helping T.A. Dugger prevail 49-37 in the girls’ TMSAA East Tennessee Area 1 AAA tournament played at John Sevier Middle School.
Lyon started off the first quarter hitting 3-of-3 treys while staking the Junior Cyclones to a 10-point lead. She finished the game perfect, hitting all seven treys she attempted.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in middle school basketball,” said Johnson County’s head coach Kechia Eller. “She was hitting shots from everywhere on the floor. Not only is she a good shooter, but she is super-quick with the basketball. I’m really proud of our kids because I thought we played well, especially offensively. T.A. Dugger is young but they’re also talented. It’s tough to beat a team when they shoot it that well.”
“We had never seen anyone shoot the ball like that,” said Icenhour. “Lyon was an unbelievable shooter and really quick. I think we could have won had it not been for her. But we played our best and gave it our all.”
The Cyclones never missed a beat during the second quarter nor did they ever cool down. It was a trio of sixth grade phenomenons that led the way.
Lyon fired in three more treys. Jacey Bowers added one and Renna drained one at the buzzer. Sadie Stout had seven points for Johnson County and Rhiannon added six but they still trailed 28-17 at the half.
The Cyclones were able to push the lead to 20 in the third quarter but the Longhorns never quit.
Stout had a fantastic fourth quarter, scoring 10 points in the frame. They got within nine points at 44-35 with 2:31 remaining but couldn’t whittle anymore off the lead.
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