By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A scrappy bunch of Bulldogs took the fight to Johnson County but they didnt have enough bite to snatch out a road win. The Longhorns pounded the Junior High Puppies 57-29 on Saturday in a game played at the Middle School.
The Longhorns held a slim 8-6 lead after one and were in front 21-17 at the half.
The first 12 minutes of play didnt please head coach Lisa Arnold. She said the team made adjustments at the half.
Its always a battle when we play Hampton, said Arnold. But today it took us a while to get going. I was frustrated because we stood around and didnt play hard. Once we adjusted they came out and played well in the second half. We picked it up on defense which led to several fast break points. Thats something we needed to do.
The Longhorns got 12 first half points by Zach Eller which enabled them to stay in front. The entire team stepped up its play in the third quarter to blow the game open.
A Gavin Reece three-ball and Troy Arnolds two deuces increased their lead to double-digits at 28-17. Nathan Lane and Mason Stanley added two baskets that helped extend the margin at 17.
Hampton couldnt contain Arnold who scored 11 second half points including seven in the fourth. Reece provided a couple of big shots and Weston Throop scored six during the final stanza.
Johnson County outscored Hampton 36-12 in the second half. The end result was a 28-point victory.
Eller led the way with 16 points. Arnold added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Reece and Throop scored 10 apiece.
Bryceon Andrews topped the Dogs with 9 points. Jordan Bentley chipped in with eight.
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