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Lady Horns take down Sullivan North 44-41

JC’s Kaitlyn Nichols #24 boxes out a North defender as teammate Britain Peele #4 looks on.
JC’s Kaitlyn Nichols #24 boxes out a North defender as teammate Britain Peele #4 looks on.

By Tim Chambers

KINGSPORT—Trying to find out the last time the Lady Longhorns had earned back-to-back conference wins was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It dates back to nearly a decade and the search is still on.
But not for the Lady Longhorns who prevailed 44-41 in overtime on Friday night at North. This came after knocking off Sullivan South at home on Tuesday.
Both teams struggled on offense throughout the game.
North managed to score only four points in the first quarter but it was two better than Johnson County’s total output.
North scored the first eight points in the second period but the Horns would battle back from their 12-2 deficit.  Johnson County used five second-quarter points by Michala Cretsinger including a three to tie the game 13 all at intermission.
The Golden Raiders started the third quarter strong by going on an 8-0 run. Johnson County had to play from behind and finally evened the score at 25 all with 5:24 showing in the fourth quarter.

Neither team could gain any separation in the fourth quarter so the game went into overtime tied 37-37. And overtime didn’t look good for Johnson County early.
The Lady Raiders were clinging to a two-point lead when Cretsinger nailed a three-ball that put Johnson County in front to stay at 42-41 with 56 seconds remaining.
Brittney Brooks and Cretsinger bagged a charity toss each during the final half-minute that allowed them to escape with another victory.
Cretsinger finished the contest with 18 points.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.