By Tim Chambers
Johnson County began their quest for a holiday tournament championship at 9 am on Saturday morning and they came back home with the early bird special. The middle school Longhorns routed Westview 50-31 in a game where several players including subs made key contributions.
The game was tied 9-9 after one thanks to five points by John Stout and four from Corie Neely. Johnson County managed to pull in front 15-11 at the half with Nate Rice coming up with the go-ahead bucket.
Both teams got their offense going in the third quarter as Westview outscored the Longhorns 17-16 to close within four.
The game remained close throughout the third quarter as Johnson County failed to shut down Westview’s Clint Price. He blistered the nets for 15 points in the frame but the Longhorns matched that output with a scattered variety.
They got a half dozen points from Neely and five more by Preston Greer that included a trey. Baskets by Zack Parsons and Dalton Brown in the paint helped the Horns remain in front 31-28 going into the fourth quarter.
The Longhorns finally found the winning combination in the fourth quarter. They cut loose for 19 points on offense while holding the Vols to just three.
Sammy Walters stepped up big, scoring five points and provided some outstanding defensive play. Neely added seven more and Big John Stout mustered up another four.
That resulted in a breakfast special win for the Horns.
Johnson County got a game high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Neely. Stout added nine points and Greer tallied seven. Stout and Parsons had eight rebounds apiece for the Horns. Anthony Hall provided two points in the fourth quarter while Brown, Walters and Rice played superbly off the bench.
Coach Shaw’s Comments
JCMS’ head coach Devin Shaw was very happy with the win.
”I thought that our rebounding was the key to our win,” said Shaw. “Corie scored about all of his points off offensive rebounds plus John and Zack did an excellent job controlling the boards. We didn’t have Gavin Ward who got 23 points last game because of sickness but others stepped up in his place. Dalton Brown and Sammy Walters gave us a huge spark off the bench and Nate Rice and Preston played good in the second half. The game was decided in the fourth quarter. I thought we kept our composure and played one of our best quarters this year.”
The team was scheduled to play again on Wednesday at 2 pm against an opponent to be determined.
JMCS 50, Westview 31
Johnson Co. (50)
Neely 19, Stout 9, Greer 7, Parsons 4, Walters 5, Hall 2, Rice 2, Brown 2.
Pierce 17, Hartman 7, Baker 1, Goffrey 2, Hanes 4
Johnson Co. 9 6 16 19 — 50
Westview 9 2 17 3 —- 31
3-point goals—JC 1 (Greer) Westview 0