By Tim Chambers
ABINGDON, VA.— Johnson County was in need of a breakout game and they found it just across the state line in Abingdon. The Longhorns swished a dozen 3-pointers en route to their 61-50 win over the Falcons on Monday.
The Longhorns hit six in the final quarter, spoiling any hopes of a comeback by the Falcons.
“This is what we’ve been looking for,” said Johnson County’s head coach Austin Atwood. “We shot the ball very well and our scoring was balanced. This was a big step in the right direction going into our game with North on Tuesday. That’s a must win game for us.”
Johnson County set the tone in the first quarter by taking a 12-7 lead after one. Bud Icenhour and Sean Lewis each had a trey to compliment the four points tallied by Blake Atwood.
Icenhour, Atwood and Dawson Snyder would toss in three’s during the second quarter that were aided by a bucket from Nathan Arnold.
The Longhorns led 25-15 at the half only to watch Abingdon battle back to make it a game.
Ean Bassham led the charge, scoring six points in the third quarter, but he didn’t get enough help from his teammates.
Snyder made sure Johnson County’s lead stayed in sync by sinking a pair of trifectas. Icenhour added five points, including a trey in the final seconds helping the Horns maintain a 38-30 lead heading into the final frame.
The Falcons shot well in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points. Thomas Francisco bagged a pair of treys and Bassham added one, but the Longhorns were one better.
Icenhour buried three consecutive ones and Atwood provide the other. Four free throws from Lewis and a pair of baskets by Jordan Edes were more than enough to get the win.
Icenhour led the Longhorns with 20 points while Atwood added 11 points and five rebounds. Snyder had nine points after shooting 3-4 from behind the arc. Lewis and Edes finished with eight points apiece. Arnold had five to close out the door scoring.
Francisco and Bassham each scored 11 points to lead Abingdon.