By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
BLUFF CITY Johnson Countys quest to tame the Lions failed to happen in the Bluff City Middle School tournament on Thursday. Mary Hughes instead ran wild past the Lady Longhorns 44-35 to earn a spot in the consolation game for third place.
The Longhorns played dead even with them in the first quarter. It took Kylie Wolfes three-pointer at the buzzer to put Mary Hughes ahead at 12-9 after one.
It was uphill struggle from that point for Johnson County.
We would have been in the game had we made all the easy shot and layup we missed, said head coach Kechia Eller. We just couldnt get things clicking tonight. Well get our leading scorer and best player Destiny Cole back on January 6 but its been good to play the last three games without her. I hate shes hurt and missed but it has forced some other kids to step up their game. Well practice during the Christmas break and be ready when school starts back. Well be much better with Destiny back.
It looked like the game might be close in opening period. Bella Miller, Brittany Reece, Natalie Winters and Abby Cornett hit baskets for Johnson County but the team went cold after that.
They missed their first five shots to start the second quarter and made only 2-of-14 in the frame.
They were outscored 17-8 in the third quarter and fell behind by 17 to start the fourth.
The Lions emptied their bench during the fourth quarter as every kid on their roster got playing time.
Abby Cornett led the way for Johnson County with 11 points. Winters added eight points and seven rebounds. Miller, Cassie Grayson and Gloria McIver all had four apiece. Brittney Reece and Hannah Brooks both scored two.
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