BLUFF CITY The Lady Longhorns nearly let a big fish off the hook but Abby Cornett helped reel it back in. Cornett sparked the Longhorns by hitting two crucial treys while leading Johnson County to a huge 36-27 victory on Saturday in the first round of the Bluff City Middle School Christmas Tournament.
Her first one came with 29 seconds remaining in the game that enabled Johnson County to pull ahead 27-26. Her second one came in overtime that put them in front to stay at 30-27.
I love spotting up and shooting the ball off the wing, said Cornett. I have a high arch on my shot so I just let it fly and hoped it went in. I love playing overtime games when its all on the line. Beating Vance was special for us.
The Longhorns started strong scoring the first seven points but couldnt hit their shots in the second and third frame.
Vance trailed 7-4 after one and 15-11 at the half.
They held a two-point advantage late in the third but Sadie Stouts bucket would tie it at 20 all heading into the fourth.
JCMS trailed the entire period until Cornetts basket put them up by one.
Both teams missed critical free throws down the stretch. The Longhorns had a chance to win it with 04 seconds remaining but missed a pair of free throws. Vance missed three inside the final minute.
Cornett swung all the momentum Johnson Countys way by hitting a long three-ball on their first possession in overtime.
Taylor Parsons extended it to 33-27 by hitting 3-of-4 charity tosses.
Cornetts baskets with 55 seconds remaining would seal the deal for the Lady Longhorns.
Cornett led the Longhorns scoring with 11 points. Parsons added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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