By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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 couldnt 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 Tolleys three-ball at the 7:01 mark in the first quarter gave them a 3-0 lead. The Longhorns wouldnt score again until the third quarter.
They trailed 27-3 at the half.
You have to remain optimistic but its not pretty when you shoot like we did, said head coach Todd Whittemore of Johnson County. We had shots but they wouldnt fall and we didnt 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 Streets 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 teams 20 points.
Its frustrating for me because I played with most of their players in grade school, said Tolley. Nobody want to lose but its hard right now. Were 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) hasnt been with us very long but shes doing well rebounding. That says a lot about them and this team. Nobody thats 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. Theyre 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 Duperrys injury that forced her to miss the second half. She left the game with three points and five rebounds.
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