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Jr Horns hold off Cyclones then fall to Bluff City

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County let a potential victory slip away on Friday but got the signature win it was looking for on Saturday morning.
A 33-30 win over T.A. Dugger helped ease the pain of Friday’s 31-25 loss to Bluff City in the Hampton Middle School Christmas tournament.

Johnson County 33
T.A. Dugger 30
The Longhorns built a large lead for the second consecutive game only to see it slip-slide away.
Coach Devin Shaw was happy with the win but agreed they have some things to work on.
“Their full court pressure defense got to us late in the game and caused us some problems,” said Shaw. “But it’s something that we’ve gotten better at over the past few games. We built up a good lead because everybody was moving without the ball which is something we’ve been going over in practice. We came out aggressive and that’s something we’ve been lacking all year long.”
Johnson County’s defense was all over it during the first half.
They shot out to an 11-3 lead after one and held a 26-10 advantage at the half.
“I was pleased at the way we got into our offense and the shots that we took,” added Shaw. “But we struggled some when they begin to pressure us full court. It’s something we’ve struggled with but we’re trying to get better at handling it. The turnovers hurt us and allowed them to get back in it. But our kids did a great job of hanging on and finding a way to win.”
The Longhorns had a well-balanced scoring attack led by Lucas Phillips’ nine points. Petie Pavusek and Darin Cunningham added six apiece. Michael Oxenitine and Will Henson provided five each. Andrew Dugger closed out the scoring with two.
Gabe Hartley topped T.A. Dugger with 11.
“It’s huge any time you can knock off the Cyclones,” added Shaw. “It’s a good thing when our kids up here can do that.”

Bluff City 31
Johnson County 25

A major fourth quarter collapse allowed Bluff City to walk away with a victory.
Johnson County held a comfortable 25-14 lead after three but the Tigers scored the last 17 points of the game during the fourth quarter to shock the Longhorns.
Lucas Phillips topped Johnson County with nine. Michael Oxenitine added eight. Petie Pavusek and Darin Cunningham scored four apiece.
Johnson County had built a 13-10 halftime lead after getting late three’s by Phillips and Oxenitine.
They outscored Bluff City 12-4 during the third getting a trey apiece from Pavusek, Phillips and Oxenitine. But disaster struck during the final stanza.
The Longhorns missed all 11 shots they took during the fourth quarter and turned the ball over six times.
Will Malcom and Perry Cassiday scored 11 points apiece for the Tigers who won despite shooting a frigid 8-for-22 from the foul line.
Johnson County hit 3 of the eight charity tosses that they attempted.

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