By Tim Chambers
Johnson County won its second conference match of the season with an impressive victory over Unicoi County. The Lady Longhorns swept the Blue Devils in three straight sets in addition to winning the junior varsity contest.
Head coach Donna Poteet was happy with the wins over Unicoi.
“Renie Morrow had her best game of the season and Courtney Brooks played and served well,” said Poteet. “Shahnoa Greene and Brittney Brooks stood out and led us on defense. Kam Sluder had a solid all around game.”
The junior varsity had a big week knocking off Unicoi County and finishing second in a tournament at Patrick Henry. They beat J.I Burton, Cornerstone Christian, and a very good George Wythe team. They followed that up with a victory over host school Patrick Henry.
The Longhorns ran out of gas against Abingdon in the championship game losing 12-15 in a tiebreaker.
“Natalie Winters played well on defense the whole tournament,” said Poteet. “Taylor Parsons had a strong tournament at the net. Abby Cornett and Taylor Cox had a good all around performance and Hannah Brooks stood out at her setter position.”
Poteet also commended Bella Miller, Sydney Souder, Olivia Dixon and Rhiannon Icenhour for playing well on Saturday. She’s excited about Emily Garr’s return after an injury had sidelined her the entire season.
The varsity lost to Sullivan North on Monday in three straight sets but all the games were close. The Longhorns had defeated the Golden Raiders earlier inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
“We got behind early but fought back,” said Poteet. “I’m proud of our girls because they didn’t quit. We just couldn’t seem to get things going.”