By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
FORT CHISWELL, VA. Johnson Countys performance in the First Bank of Virginias Junior Varsity Tournament was analytical balance at its best on Wednesday. Their overall play measured up to a 43-23 championship victory over Alleghany County at Fort Chiswell High School before a small but vocal Longhorns crowd.
Johnson County balanced its overall scoring to perfection. No player reached double figures but eight of them scored and all 11 contributed. Head coach David Arnold was pleased with the outcome.
These kids were excited about being in the championship game so they came out ready to play, said Arnold. We told them to have fun and approach it like any other game and they did. We shot it extremely well because we looked comfortable out there. It means a lot for us to win a championship. Im proud of the way that all of them played.
The Longhorns came out smoking hot in the first quarter hitting seven of their first 10 shots. They led 18-3 after one and continued their hot shooting into the second period.
Blake Atwoods three came following an offensive rebound. At that point they were 8-of-12 from the field including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line with 7:24 remaining in the half.
Plenty of players had a hand in Johnson Countys outburst.
Dawson Snyder provided two treys from long range. Sean Lewis added five points including another trifecta.
They got a humongous lift from Troy Arnold off the bench. His three-point play on a put back over a much taller defender triggered a 14-0 run. All of this came in the first quarter.
Blake Atwood took over in the second quarter by scoring seven points in the frame including a trey. Iain Testers basket ignited another 9-0 run but their defense is what did the trick.
Troy came off the bench and played really well, said Arnold. Blake, Dawson and Sean hit some big shots. I thought that Zak Eller did a good job of running the offense.
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