By Tim Chambers
The lady Longhorns let an excellent opportunity for a better tournament seed slip through their fingertips on Tuesday against Sullivan East. The Patriots used 28 free throws (16 made) to put away Johnson County 39-30 inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
The game was a close
contest the entire way as the Lady Horns were guided by assistant coaches Kechia Eller and Garry Smith, who was left in charge after head coach Leon Tolley had to leave before the game with the flu.
There were four ties in the first half, the last one on Emmy Miller’s putback that made it 7-7.
Sadie Stout’s steal and layup put the Horns up by four, and they build their halftime advantage to 17-9 going into the halftime.
Both teams had trouble finding their offense as they missed many shots close inside the paint.
East managed to stay in the game thanks to the inside play of Haley Grubb, who finished with 11 points, with four of them coming from the foul line late in the game.
The Lady Longhorns had plenty of chances to take over the game and put it away, but their offensive woes would do them in on this night.
Sadie Stout had a good game leading the way with
13 points and four steals. Emmy Miller and Taylor Cox added six apiece. Miller collected a team-high eight rebounds.
Jenna Haire and Haley Grubb scored 11 points apiece that topped the Lady Patriots. Grubb completed her double double with ten rebounds and shot 4-of-4 from the foul line late in the game.