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Lady Dogs bit Horns 40-20

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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It was like trying to shoot a gun with the sights bent at the local carnival. Johnson County was hoping to snag the prize “Bulldog” but instead came up empty-handed because it couldn’t hit the target inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Monday.
The Lady Longhorns fell 40-20 to Hampton on Monday after making only 1-of-23 shots during the first half.
Kourtny Tolley’s three-ball at the 7:01 mark in the first quarter gave them a 3-0 lead. The Longhorns wouldn’t score again until the third quarter.
They trailed 27-3 at the half.
“You have to remain optimistic but it’s not pretty when you shoot like we did,” said head coach Todd Whittemore of Johnson County. “We had shots but they wouldn’t fall and we didn’t do ourselves any favors at the foul line either.”
All in all it was ugly from start to finish.
The Lady Bulldogs used five points by Kim Swearingen and four more from Shyanne Tuelle to help build a 15-3 lead after one.
Tatum Street’s three-point play and a 15-foot jumper by Tuelle at the buzzer left Johnson County trailing by two dozen at the half.
Kourtney Tolley was the only offense that Johnson County could muster on this night. She ended the game with 15 of her team’s 20 points.
“It’s frustrating for me because I played with most of their players in grade school,” said Tolley. “Nobody want to lose but it’s hard right now. We’re down to seven players so it makes practices and games more difficult. Micahla (Cretsinger) came out here tonight and tried to play on a badly swollen ankle and Jayme (Jennings) hasn’t been with us very long but she’s doing well rebounding. That says a lot about them and this team. Nobody that’s here right now are quitters.”
Jennings had a game high 12 rebounds for the Longhorns.
Hope Bridgman and Street scored eight apiece for Hampton. Swearingen provided seven while Tuelle and Megan Garland contributed six apiece.
The Longhorns were 9-of-26 from the charity stripe.
“These kids battled their butts off tonight,” added Whittemore. “They’re out here representing their school. That says a lot about the type of kids they are.”

Johnson City Honda Classic
Daniel Boone 66
Johnson County 32
Johnson County found the going tough against the host school in the first round of the Johnson City Honda Classic.
The Lady Longhorns hung tough for a half but Boone put the game away by outscoring Johnson County 20-6 during the third quarter to go up 50-24.
Cretsinger led Johnson County with 13 points. Tolley added seven.
The ‘Horns had seven players score but Boone countered that with 10 players getting in the scoring column. Making matters worse was Kelsey Duperry’s injury that forced her to miss the second half. She left the game with three points and five rebounds.

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