By Matt Hill
The JCHS Junior Varsity Girls Team tipped off its season last Monday and already the squad is showing great potential.
The Lady Longhorns lost 46-28 to Hampton, but only trailed by seven points with about four minutes to go in the game.
JCHS trailed 35-28 in the fourth quarter, then were simply worn down as Hampton rallied for an 11-0 run to end the game.
Still, the first effort showed just how far these have come.
Our girls played aggressive and they didnt quit, JCHS JV Coach Robbie McCullouch said. The fought hard and they never gave up. Weve just got to keep working. Overall I was tickled too death.
JCHS came out shooting very well and at halftime was only behind 21-18.
Good shooting is something that has been lacking from the JCHS program for a long time, so fans were treated to a nice display early on.
They were shooting good and we are still working on getting open looks, McCullouch said. There are things weve got to work on and those are things that will come in time.
The effort was outstanding, led by Sarah Swifts four tie-ups.
Sarah played good this game right here and she is going to continue playing well, McCullouch said. Sarah plays aggressive and she wants to win
McCulloch noted that everyone played and everyone contributed.
All the girls contributed, he said. Were a family and we dont want one star player. All the girls are going to play together.
Scoring: Corie Price 2, Chelsea McCullouch 5, Sarah Swift 5, Ciera Boudle 6, Brooke Brown 4, Brandy Dugger 2, Brionna Reece 2, Nikki Farrow 3.
Junior Varsity Boys Game
It was almost a carbon copy of the girls game as the Longhorns played well for three quarters only to lose steam in the fourth.
JCHS led 50-49 only to see Hampton go on an 18-3 run to end the game.
Until the big run, freshmen Brian Dempsey, Dalton Timbs and Tyler Shaw put on a show and gave fans a glimpse of the future.
All three did well and did all they could to take over the game.
Were a work in progress and thats why it is JV and the freshmen group all in it together, JCHS JV Coach Judd Shoun said. They got tired. Theyre in good shape, but theyve got to get in better shape. I think this group is confident and I hate to say theyre over confident, but they think that theyre good. They love to compete. Theyre love to compete and they love to play.
Shoun was very impressed with his three freshmen standouts.
The varsity game the other night was good for them and tonight for them to come out and play today and to be that focused to be that young is something to build upon. They have a lot of talent and then again they have a lot to work on. Our man-to-man defense is very bad. We still have to work on our pressure. They played hard, it just wasnt smart.
Just like Coach Atwood said about his team, Coach Shoun thinks the younger kids are better now than they were this time last year.
Even though we had more players last year, this year weve got two or three that are very good and weve got some who are pretty decent basketball players. This year Im more satisfied with the kids.
Scoring: Chris Poteet 5, Andy Stout 7, Dalton Timbs 9, Jon Vannoy 4, Dusty Stout 8, Tyler Shaw 7, Skylar Reece 1, Brian Dempsey 12.
The JCHS Freshmen nearly pulled off a huge upset Monday night as they played a solid Cloudland team strong only to fall 51-48 at Shoun Gym.
Brian Dempsey led JCHS with 14 points. Patrick South had 11, Tyler Shaw had nine and Dalton Timbs had eight.
The JCHS Freshmen play Thursday night at home against Ashe County, N.C. at 7 p.m.