By Beth Cox
Basketball action Thursday night at JCMS had the Lady Longhorns in a tough fight against the Unicoi Lady Blue Devils.
The seventh-grade girls got things started nicely, and played hard from the very beginning and did not quit until the buzzer rang.
The young team was aggressive throughout the night, which seemed to catch Unicoi off guard.
Johnson County’s seventh-grade girls not only limited their turnovers but also were strong defensively. Coach Sarah Jennings was pleased with the performance of her seventh-graders.
“We have been stressing taking care of the ball and making good passes, and it showed tonight,” she said.
Sarah Johnson’s defense was top-notch, as she was blocking and rebounding like a player wanting a
win against a rival team.
She had eight defensive rebounds and two offensive rebounds for the night. Johnson controlled the defensive game, but Desirea Robinson was the one bringing in the points for
the Lady Longhorns, contributing twelve points for the night, including four assists.
Kayden Epperly, Emma Eller, and Kylah Hensley all added to the team’s success by making foul shots. Jennings thought her girls did a great job and was proud of the Lady Longhorns 21-14 success over the Lady
The eighth-grade Lady Longhorns had different results against Unicoi’s eight-graders. Johnson County struggled to control the ball throughout the night against Unicoi. Turnovers were a big problem for the Lady Longhorns; they would get down the court and throw the ball away.
The Lady Horns wanted to set the ball up and take more time finding the open player. Unfortunately, the results were not in their favor.
Jennings’ was proud of how well her team played against Cloudland and
was hoping for better results with Unicoi, “I felt good about us after playing Cloudland. We did a lot of good things that game. We just weren’t in it to win it against Unicoi.”
The Lady Blue Devils took full advantage of
Lady Longhorns’ inability
to take care of the ball,
which led to several turnovers and points for Unicoi. The Lady Horns lost, 14-28. Jennings feels her team
will be ready for Happy
Valley Thursday night, “We are going to regain our
focus, work on our defense and shooting, and be ready for a better outcome.” Aubree Glenn was the top shooter with five points for the night.