By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County encountered a bad storm inside of VanHuss-White Gymnasium on Friday due to the downpour of successful three-point shots made by the Lady Bulldogs. Hampton shot a scorching 9-of-15 (60 percent) from behind the arc in the first half which led to their 66-37 win.
It was a strong performance on senior night for the Dogs while the Longhorns suffered through another cold shooting spell.
We came in here down two more players, said Johnson County head coach Todd Whittemore. Brittany Cox broke her wrist and Demi Blevins was out sick so our numbers were lower than they already are. Then Kourtney Tolley hurts her back in the game. But our kids didnt quit and they kept battling their tails off. Lexi (Forrester) got out there and scored again. Shes become a crowd favorite.
The Lady Bulldogs sensed Johnson Countys shortage of players and went for the kill shot in the early going.
They used a trey each by Kim Swearingen, Tori Miller, Kenzie Greenwell and Alexis Bowers to build an early 13-point advantage. Micahla Cretsinger scored Johnson Countys first field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Longhorns trailed 21-3 after one. The Lady Bulldogs continued their hot shooting spree in the second period.
Miller connected on a pair of treys as did Hope Bridgman. Their lead was 41-11 after Swearingen drained her second trey.
The Longhorns played well in the second half and outscored Hampton 26-25.
Cretsinger tallied 11 of those in addition to grabbing five rebounds.
She ended the night with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Were trying our hardest, we really are, said Cretsinger. Nobody is going to quit or give up. Well get better but we have to get more players out. Coach Whitt continues to encourage us even when we lose. It wont always be like this. Well learn how to win.
Jaymie Jennings had eight points and eight boards. Kelsey Duperry contributed five points and seven rebounds.
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