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JCMS Horns nip Highlanders 43-42

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County got the road win it had been looking for on Thursday night in Roan Mountain. They used a combined 28 points from Gavin Reece and Troy Arnold to help nip Cloudland 43-42 inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium.
Head coach Lisa Arnold was ecstatic about the win especially with leading scorer Zach Eller sidelined with a fractured wrist. That was all the motivation her team needed.
“The boys wanted to win for Zach,” said Arnold. “They knew what had to be done and all of them stepped up their game. It’s huge to come up here and win inside of their gym. We had played horrible over the past two games against Vance and Ashe County but tonight we came out with a totally different mindset.”
Arnold was referring to her team’s 11-3 first quarter lead. They remained in front 23-17 at the half.
“We had sort of a lull there in the third quarter and they caught back up,” added Arnold. “It was anybody’s game there in the final quarter. We kept nursing that one-point lead and made a few key free throws. Zach had 22 against them the last time we played. So coming up here and getting the win with him hurt says a lot about this team’s character.”
Reece tossed in 17 points including four treys while Arnold added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Weston Throop played outstanding netting nine points. Jayden Joiner, Mason Stanley and Tyler Phillips contributed two apiece.

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