By Tim Chambers
JOHNSON CITY—The 90-minute ride back home from Johnson City proved to be a pleasant one for all the middle school basketball teams on Tuesday. Each came away with a win, including the boys’ varsity that had to overcome a halftime deficit to pull out their victory.
The Longhorns trailed 15-8 after the first quarter but rallied in the second one and cut it back to two at halftime.
The Longhorns got a big boost off the bench from Seth Condor who tallied six third quarter points along with Hunter Wilson who swished a pair of treys. John Stout scored six of his 11 points in the frame.
“We really stepped it up after halftime, said Stout. “Our defense got a lot better and we started hitting our shots.”
The Longhorns led 42-38 to start the fourth but a couple of baskets each from Zack Parsons and Stout would extended it to 10 with less than two minutes remaining.
Parson ended the game with 15 points to top the Longhorns.
“We didn’t want to lose a game this early in the season,” said Parsons. “Hunter hit a couple of treys in the third quarter and Seth came in and was scoring inside. We can play better than we did but we’re glad to get the win.”
Stout added 11 points and Corie Neely contributed 10. Condor played well and tallied eight. Hunter Wilson and Gavin Wilson added six and four points, respectively. Dillon Kelly tallied one to round out the scoring.
“A lot of us are still in football mode,” said Neely who also added five assists. “We started playing better as the game went on. I think we’ll play well in our next game. We’re all having fun and enjoying playing with each other.”
Trey Easterling tossed in a game high 17 points for PA. Jack Torbet and Cole Torbett added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Boys 7th Grade
Johnson County 50
Providence Academy 44
The Longhorns put on a great offensive showing to take the 7th grade game 50-45.
Graham Reece (11 points) and Nick Speed (10 points) led the Longhorns’ offense. Christian Lipford played well and scored nine. Dalton Robinson and Payton Pavusek added seven and five points, respectively.
Herny Hamlin and Cole Miller scored 10 points apiece for Providence.
Johnson County 35
Providence Academy 19
The Lady Longhorns trailed 6-5 after one but bounced back to take a 16-11 halftime advantage.
The Horns won the game by outscoring Providence 19-8 in the final two quarters to earn a hard fought victory.
Macey Luckett led the way with eight points. She felt like teamwork was the key.
“They tried to press us but we handled the ball well and worked as a team,” said Luckett. “We got up the floor and made some shots. I felt like we all played pretty good as a team.”
Sydni Potter tallied seven points. Jacey Eshleman and Lizzy Barnes added six points each. Savannah McKinney and Gracie Grayson contributed four and three points respectively to the cause.
“We passed the ball well and ran our plays,” said Potter. “Coach told us what to do and we went out there and did the things she asked. It felt good to pull out a win.”
Johnson County 24
Autumn Lewis fired in a game high 15 points to help the Horns earn a clean sweep.
The Longhorns led 7-0 after one but were only in front 11-10 at the half.
The Longhorns outscored the Knights 13-5 in the second half and coasted to their victory.
Brookanna Hutchins played well and scored seven for the Horns. Peyton Gentry had a strong floor game and added the other two.
Lali Lemon tossed in eight to lead Providence.