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How will the Horns do in the District?

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County residents are passionate when it comes to sports and I’m finding that out almost every week. I’ve been asked this same question nearly 25 times over the past 10 days and I really don’t have a concrete answer with only one regular season game remaining.
How do you think the Longhorns will fare in the District Tournament is something that is directed at me on a daily basis.
I have learned with this year’s team to expect the unexpected. And here is why.
Johnson County was one of the hottest teams going into the tournament last year. Wins over David Crockett, at Elizabethton and Unicoi County were reason to believe that we’d go far into the Regional. But that didn’t happen and here is why.
Playing your best basketball late doesn’t always carry over into the tournament. That was the case with Johnson County last season.
Nearly all the media outlets had them picked to win or as a good bet to reach the finals.
But none of that occurred.
They were bounced by Unicoi County in one of the worst games they had played all season. How could a team that had beaten Elizabethton on the road and Crockett at home not show up on the opening night of the tournament? It happens.
Let us now fast forward to 2016.
The Longhorns will enter the tournament totally the opposite from last year. They could be legitimate darkhorse if they can get past the first round. But that’s a huge if.
The Longhorns have lost five of their last six conference games and they could add another one should they fall at East on Tuesday. But I feel like they are in better shape now than they were last season and here is why?
The Longhorns know they will play Sullivan South on Friday on their home floor. It’s the same South squad they defeated 54-46 only a few weeks back on the road.

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