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Johnson County Longhorns rally past Blackhawks 49-46

Bud Icenhour had 24 points in JCHS’ win over West Wilkes
Bud Icenhour had 24 points in JCHS’ win over West Wilkes

By Tim Chambers

Johnson County’s cold shooting in the second quarter against West Wilkes would have made an Eskimo proud. Fortunately they were able to run the floor like pack dogs in the second half and shoot their way to a victory.
The Longhorns put together a strong second half to knock off the Blackhawks 49-46 inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Saturday. But grounding the team from North Carolina didn’t come easy.
A stagnate offense produced only 13 points in the first half. The Horns went over seven minutes without a field goal in the second quarter and trailed 22-13 at intermission.
“We were playing on back-to-back nights and didn’t shoot well in the first half,” said JCHS’ head coach Austin Atwood. “We came back and did some good things in the second half, especially defensively. Bud  (Icenhour) hit some big shots that got us going, but we’re still not where we need to be. I could pick out ten thousand things we need to work on, but they found a way to win. We had some players that made huge shots and that’s something you can’t coach.”
West Wilkes jumped on top 12-2 in the first quarter and led 22-13 at the half.
But the second half was a 180-degree turnaround.
Daniel Cunningham came off the bench to deliver a couple of quick baskets, one that ended a seven-minute drought. Wilkes was holding a 30-20 advantage when the Longhorns made their move.
Jordan Edes converted a three-point play followed by a pair of threes from Icenhour. Another 3-point play by Edes capped off a 14-1 run that allowed Johnson County to surge in front at 34-31.
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