By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County was looking for more than a moral victory on Tuesday, but unfortunately that is all they came away with. The Lady Longhorns fell by a bakers dozen to Unicoi County 69-56 in a game where they refused to quit.
Despite four early points by Michala Cretsinger they fell behind 17-7 after one. The second period was like an up and down rollercoaster ride.
Brittany Brooks tossed in five points including a trey and Kelsie Terrill added a three-ball which cut the deficit to eight at one point.
Four points from Courtney Brooks and a put back by Kaitlyn Nichols sliced a 12-point deficit back down to 32-24 at the half.
Ashley Edwards had the hot hand for Unicoi in the first half with 11 points and she continued shooting well in the third.
Her three-ball at the 5:15 mark upped the lead back to nine after Terrills trey had pulled them within six at 36-30.
The Blue Devils rode the strong play of Hannah Rice to break the game open after that.
She scored 10 points in the quarter including seven straight during one stretch. That allowed Unicoi County to build a comfortable 54-33 lead after the third quarter.
But the Longhorns would make one last run behind Cretsinger.
She scored 13 of her team high 17 points in the final period.
Johnson County got it down to 12 at one point but five points by Rice and two more from Chloe Powers would halt any thoughts of a comeback bid.
Cretsinger added four steals in addition to her 17 points. Courtney Brooks contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Terrill hit three treys and had nine points along with seven rebounds. Destiny Cole led the Horns in rebounding with eight.
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