By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A fast start and strong finish were more than enough for Johnson County to take third place in the District Middle School Tournament on Monday. The Longhorns defeated Hampton 39-16 inside the spacious confines of Bayless Gymnasium.
It was a roller coaster ride for three quarters but things smoothed out for the Horns in the fourth.
A pair of first quarter buckets by Taylor Parsons and a trey each by Abby Cornett and Adrian Hall allowed the Horns to take a commanding 10-0 lead after one. But the Bulldogs would battle back to make it a game.
They outscored Johnson County 13-5 in the second quarter led by five points from Bailey Andrews and four by Bridgette Heaton.
Johnson County was able to stay in front thanks to a late three-ball by Sadie Stout and Halls runner in the final minute.
Johnson County led 15-13 at the half.
For some reason we started strong but couldnt get our shots to fall in the second quarter, said JCMS head coach Kechia Eller. I thought we played hard – especially defensively. We made some adjustments at halftime and they all came out ready to play. It was hard on them coming off the tough loss to Happy Valley.
The Bulldogs would score only two points in the third quarter. They misfired on nine shots and turned the ball over six times but the Longhorns couldnt convert on several easy opportunities.
Baskets by Natalie Winters and Cornett would push their lead back to seven at one stage. Their 21-15 third quarter lead would quickly expand in the fourth period.
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