By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
BLUFF CityJohnson County limped into Monday nights game with Virginia High but found a way to cripple the Bearcats. Playing their best game of the season the Junior High Lady Longhorns prevailed 42-13 in the Bluff City Middle School Christmas tournament.
The team played without its leading scorer, Destiny Cole, who was out with a concussion. But the play of Abby Cornett and Natalie Winters would offset her absence and lead the team to victory.
Our kids had to step up and play with Destiny out and they did tonight, said head coach Kechia Eller. We had eight girls score and thats something weve been needing. We wanted to establish the tempo early by getting on top in the first quarter. Defensively we couldnt have played much better. Im very proud of our effort.
Had it not been for a late basket the Lady Bearcats would have been held scoreless in the first quarter. Johnson County was on its way to a 17-point outburst including eight straight at one point.
Winters tallied seven of her nine points in the opening frame. Bella Miller and Cornett provided four apiece and Margaret Morrow also scored a basket.
The defense stepped up again in the second quarter by not allowing Virginia High to score from the field.
Brittain Peele had a key basket to compliment the seven scored by Cornett.
Johnson County led 26-5 at the half.
The Lady Longhorns scored eight points in the third quarter but held their opponent to five.
The put it on cruise control in the final quarter with every player on the roster getting plenty of playing time.
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