By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
INGSPORTAll good things must come to an end and thus was the case last night at John Sevier Middle School in the girls 1-AAA Area Basketball Tournament. The Lady Longhorns put up a tremendous fight but fell just short 27-23 to the talented Blue Devils.
Unicoi County (15-4) had defeated Church Hill (38-20) and T.A. Dugger (34-25) to reach the finals of their District but snow prevented the championship game from being played. They found the going much tougher against a determined group of Longhorns.
A three-ball by Abby Cornett and a jumper from Taylor Parsons kept the Longhorns in the hunt during the first quarter.
Unicoi County got baskets from Ashton Vance, Nickolette Ferguson and Leah Edney that helped them grab an 8-5 advantage.
Johnson County managed to shave a single point off their deficit during the second stanza.
Sadie Stout tossed in a trey from long range and Taylor Cox added her lone deuce. Caroline Podvin scored both Unicoi County field goals that enabled them to maintain a 12-10 halftime lead.
The third quarter was fatal to the Horns. Three points from Parsons was all they could muster. The Blue Devils had five different players make field goals including a trey by Podvin.
They led 23-13 heading into the final frame but the game was far from over.
Johnson County did what its done all season and battled back to make it a game.
Cornett had the hot hand hitting 4-of-4 free throws in addition to sinking a two-ball. Parsons added a basket as did Adrian Hall that got them within two but it wasnt quite enough to pull off a dramatic comeback win.
Cornett led the Longhorns with nine points. Parsons added seven points and nine rebounds. Hall had six boards. Natalie Winters provided four steals and three assists. Stout collected two steals and three rebounds in addition to her three-ball.
Podvin and Edney scored six points each for Unicoi County.
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