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Lady Horns gain confidence with win over Northwood High

Sometimes playing another team that you know very little about can have bad consequences, but for the Lady Longhorns in their game against Saltville, VA’s Northwood High it provided a much-needed boost in confidence. Carrying a respectable 41-36 victory at home energized the Johnson County girls and showcased the team’s hard work.
Throughout the whole game Johnson County never lost the lead, and although the Northwood Lady Panthers kept pushing back, the Longhorns maintained their composure. Even as the pressure started to ramp up in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Panthers began to close the gap, Johnson County managed to stay focused and determined, leading them to score right into the last seconds of the game.
Not letting the long coming win go to their heads, Coach Todd Whittemore took an optimistically cautious view of the outcome. “Yes, we won. Yes, I’m happy. Yes, we played hard. Yes, we are getting better, but not at free throws. We made two of three free throws in the fourth quarter which is pretty good because we only made three of 13 in the game. It got a little crazy there at the end but we were able to bend and not break which is good. We had four players right near double figures and only had 41 points so that’s a positive.”
The first quarter saw the Johnson County defense hold Northwood to only two points, while several buckets by Brionna Reece and Brandy Dugger, along with a few foul shot gains, put Johnson County to nine. The second quarter picked up pace with a three-pointer from Chelsea McCulloch at the five-minute mark, followed by gains from Brooke Brown and Sarah Swift. Unfortunately some foul trouble in the last couple of minutes before the half put Northwood eight points closer on the board, but still left Johnson County leading 20-16 at the buzzer. The first quarter saw the Johnson County defense hold Northwood to only two points, while several buckets by Brionna Reece and Brandy Dugger, along with a few foul shot gains, put Johnson County to nine. The second quarter picked up pace with a three-pointer from Chelsea McCulloch at the five-minute mark, followed by gains from Brooke Brown and Sarah Swift. Unfortunately some foul trouble in the last couple of minutes before the half put Northwood eight points closer on the board, but still left Johnson County leading 20-16 at the buzzer.

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