By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson Countys game with University High was like a 1972 version of the game pong. The contest went back and forth over three quarters before the Longhorns prevailed 46-35.
The Lady Longhorns had little trouble in their 52-9 victory. The seventh grade boys earned a 36-25 decision.
Johnson County 46
University High 35
The Longhorns found themselves trailing 9-7 after one despite getting an early three-ball from Lucas Phillips and baskets each by Andrew Dugger and Dylan Simcox.
Broome drained a pair of threes in the second quarter allowing the Bucs to maintain a two-point advantage.
Jared Kimble kept the Longhorns in the hunt with five points while Simcox swished a trifecta to end the quarter.
It didnt take long for Johnson County to surge in front, thanks to the red hot shooting by Simcox.
His three-ball off the left wing gave them a one-point advantage and later he added another that would increase their lead to five.
Darren Cunningham helped the Horns stay in front by kissing one off the glass late in the quarter.
A pair of buckets from Phillips and Dugger gave them a five-point leading heading into the final stanza.
The tale of the tape was in the fourth quarter after Johnson County turned up the pressure on its 2-3 press.
UH turned it over four times and three of those resulted in Longhorn baskets.
Cunningham broke loose for a pair of deuces including a run out. Phillips then bagged a three followed by a deuce from Simcox.
A steal and layup by Kimble put Johnson County up by double digits 41-31 with 2:21 remaining in the game. A pair of late baskets by Phillips ad Cunningham drove the final nail in the Junior Bucs coffin.
Simcox led the Longhorns with 15 points while Phillips followed with 10. Cunningham added eight points and six boards. Kimble tallied seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.
The Horns also got some good production from Dugger and Will Henson. Dugger worked the paint for eight rebounds and five points. Henson had a bucket to go along with three steals.
Meredith scored a game high 18 points for University School.
Head Coach Devin Shaw was happy with his squads play.
This team has grown so much, said Shaw. Last year we were trying to figure out how to be in a game and now were learning how to win games. UH had a very good team but our kids took the gut check well. They came out here and pulled out a big victory. Im extremely proud of the effort they gave.
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