By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Trying to catch the states No. 10 ranked Lady Bulldogs was like Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Roadrunner for Johnson County on Thursday night in a non-league game. It was beep, beep gone, anytime they got them within their sights. The Lady Longhorns fell 77-62 to Hampton inside of a crowded Ray Shoun Gymnasium despite one of their best offensive outputs of the season.
The difference in the game proved to be the first quarter where Hampton outscored the Longhorns 25-6. The teams played on even terms over the final three quarters with Johnson County having a slight edge.
Johnson County head coach Thomas Wampler touched on Hamptons fast start.We have still yet to play a complete game this year, said Wampler. We came close at Unicoi but ran out of gas. Tonight they got too far in front of us and our kids had to play hard to come back. You cant do
that against a good team like Hampton.The biggest reason they fell behind was due to the outstanding play of Hamptons guard Shyanne Tuelle.The sizzling sophomore tossed in 24 first half points with 11 coming in the opening frame.
Megan Garland helped the cause with eight first quarter points including six in a row at one stage.
The Horns trailed 44-23 at halftime and 61-40 after three quarters.
Michala Cretsinger tried to keep Johnson County in the game by scoring 20 second-half points but the first quarter damage proved too much for Johnson County to overcome.
The Longhorns got within a bakers dozen in the final period but the game was never in doubt.
Hamptons head coach Bud Hazelwood went 11 deep and all of his Lady Dogs
Tuelle finished with a game high 29 points. Garland added 14 points and seven rebounds. Alexus Grubb provided a double-double, 11 points and 10 boards.
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