By Tim Chambers
Like Dennis the menace was to Mr. Wilson, Gavin Ward proved to be a thorn in the side of Happy Valley on Thursday on top of Warrior Hill. Ward fired in a game high 23 points while leading Johnson County to a 49-36 win over the junior high Warriors.
The victory was their second of the season over Happy Valley and kept them in the hunt for a possible league championship should they knock off Hampton and Chuckey-Doak.
Ward’s contributions were a huge factor in the Longhorns’ win. He scored seven of their nine second-quarter points to keep them in front by eight. They broke the game open behind his 10 third-quarter points that extended their advantage to a baker’s dozen.
Happy Valley tried to carve into the deficit behind its “Zack attack” of Zac Workman and Zack Stephens who combined to score 10 points in the final frame. The Longhorns countered with six fourth-quarter points by Zack Parsons and five more from Corie Neely to prevent that from happening.
Ward had five rebounds and three steals to go along with his game high 23 points to lead the Longhorns. They also got nine points, six rebounds and five steals from Neely. Parsons provided eight points and a game high 10 rebounds. Big John Stout chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds. Preston Greer closed out their scoring with four points.
Andrew Little and Workman scored nine points each for the Warriors.
Happy Valley 36
Johnson County 8
Johnson County couldn’t find any offense, allowing Happy Valley to come away with a lopsided victory. The Lady Longhorns scored six points in the first quarter and only two for the remainder of the game.
Lizzy Barnes, Macie Luckett and Sydni Potter had two points apiece for the Longhorns.
Katie Woods scored a game high 12 points for the Lady Warriors.
Johnson County 24
Happy Valley 22
The Longhorns led 20-4 going into the fourth quarter but Happy Valley erupted for 18 points to nearly pull off a remarkable upset victory.
Christian Lipford led the Horns with 10 points. Payton Pavusek added five points. Graham Reece, Dominic Kelly and Skylar Lawson had a basket each. Nick Speed closed out the scoring with three points.
James Murray led the Warriors with seven points.
Happy Valley 22
Johnson County 12
Cadie Hall nearly outscored the entire Johnson County squad with 11 points to lead the Warriors to its win. Kelsie Bailey added five points to help their cause.
Ryleigh Icenhour played well, scoring six points for the Longhorns. Peyton Gentry, Marissa Summerow and Brookanna Hutchins scored two points apiece.