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Johnson County Middle School 'Horns bag two wins

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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John Wayne figured out “How the West was won – something Johnson County couldn’t do against Sullivan East. The Longhorns dropped a 71-53 contest to the Patriots on Thursday night inside a Ray Shoun Gymnasium in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
The Longhorns (5-3, 0-1) took a 7-6 lead in the first quarter on a three-ball by Jose Guzman at the 3:02 mark. But East went on an 8-0 run to go up 15-7 after one.
“We had two or three bad stretches in the game that cost us dearly,” said Austin Atwood, Johnson County’s head coach. “We cut the lead back down a couple of times and went up again, but we just had a couple of stretches in the game where we let it get away.”
The costly stretch took place in the third quarter after Johnson County had played a solid second.
Chase Phillips scored five points to trigger an 8-0 run that tied the game at 15-15. His three-ball with 1:22 remaining put Johnson County on top 25-24.
East closed the half on a 6-2 run to go up 30-27 at the break. They started pullling away in the third.
The Patriots (9-2, 1-1) came out sizzling outscoring Johnson County 11-7 over the first five minutes to take a 41-34 advantage.
Hunter Owens had the hot hand, scoring 11 points in the quarter. East held a 10-point advantage heading into the fourth.
“We’re tickled to death to get a road win in our conference,” said Pats’ head coach John Dyer. “All 12 guys contributed in this win. It was a great effort by our entire team.”
The Longhorns were their own worst enemy.
They began the fourth quarter misfiring on a couple of shots from close range, then added a pair of botched layups allowing East to mount another run.
“Fatigue might have been a part of it because we missed a lot of shots we usually make,” added Atwood. “But you’ve got to credit Coach Dyer and his defense because they play under control and pressure the ball for four quarters.”
The Patriots built a 20-point advantage 61-41 on a three-ball by Ryan Frye with 4:15 remaining. That pretty much drove the final nail in Johnson County’s coffin.

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