By Tim Chambers
JCMS managed to salvage the final game of the night at Hunter on Thursday in the season opener for both teams. The varsity boys looked impressive in their 50-32 win.
The Lady Longhorns fell to Hunter 41-28 in the girls’ varsity and 25-23 in the seventh grade game. Hunter rolled to a 37-21 victory in the boy’s contest.
They bounced back in a big way sweeping three games at home against Unaka on Monday. There was not girls’ junior varsity game.
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Corie Neely and Gavin Wilson scored 15 points apiece to lead the Longhorns to their lone win in the season opener. Head coach Devin Shaw was happy with the outcome.
Wilson and Neely set the tone in the opening period, combining for 16 of Johnson County’s 19 points. Johnson County led 19-13 after one but turned up the defense in the second quarter.
They held the Tigers without a field goal and outscored them 7-1 to extending their lead to 26-14.
Neely had the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring two quick baskets followed by one apiece from John Stout, Dominic Kelly and Dalton Brown. They held the Tigers to a pair of deuces and comfortably led 39-18 going into the fourth.
Zack Parsons ended any threat of a comeback by scoring twice in the paint to start the fourth quarter. Baskets from Kelly, Ward and Nate Rice would allow Coach Shaw to play his entire roster.
Parsons gathered nine rebounds and Stout added seven for the Horns. Neely dished out five assists and added six rebounds.
Landon Ramsey scored a game high 17 for Hunter. Jordan Slagle helped the cause with 11 points.
The Lady Tigers dominated the second and final quarters to win by a baker’s dozen over the Longhorns. The game was tied 5-5 after one, but Hunter led by a half dozen at the half.
The Horns tried to slice the deficit getting baskets from Sydni Potter and Peyton Gentry to start the third. Savanna McKinney canned a jumper along with Jacey Eshleman and Macie Luckett that also scored. The Longhorns got within one early in the fourth but Hunter closed the game on a 17-4 run.
Potter led the Lady Longhorns with 10 points and six rebounds. McKinney added seven points. Luckett finished the night with five.
Lyndie Ramsey led the Tigers with 15 points while Sadie Shoun added 10 points and five assists.
Ramsey also played the Junior Varsity game and scored 16 of her team’s 23 points.
Autumn Lewis (9 points), Brookanna Hutchinson (8 points) and Peyton Gentry (7 points) were tops for the Lady Longhorns.
Landon Ramsey scored 11 points to lead his team past JCMS by 16.
Christian Lipford scored eight points for the Longhorns. Graham Reece and Hunter Marshall added three assists each.
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The Longhorns ran their season record at 2-0 by doubling the score on the Rangers 44-22. They outscored the Rangers 10-0 in the scored quarter that enabled them to build a comfortable 23-8 halftime advantage.
Corie Neely led the way with 10 points. Gavin Ward and Hunter Wilson tallied nine each and John Stout followed with eight points. Nate Rice, Zack Parsons and Seth Condor added a bucket apiece. Dalton Brown and Dillon Kelly closed out the score with 1 point each.
Dan Shearl had seven points for the Rangers.
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The Lady Longhorns placed three girls in double figures giving new head coach Brooke Boone her first ever coaching victory.
Macey Luckett led the way with 16 points. Jacey Eshleman provided 11 and Sydni collected 10. Savanna McKinney closed out the scoring with a strong seven points.
Tara Whitehead led the Rangers with 15.
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Graham Reece blistered the nets for 12 points and Chris Lipford added 11 in the Longhorns win. Nick Speed collected six points and Dalton Osborne tallied five who also got some strong play from point guard Tanner Marshall.
Brady Taylor led the Rangers with 8.
The Longhorns will travel to Providence Academy to battle the Knights on Thursday.