By Tim Chambers
Not even Scrooge could have been stingier than Johnson County’s defense against West Wilkes. The Lady Longhorns held the Blackhawk to 15 second-half points and won a hard fought 44-38 contest on Saturday inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
Johnson County trailed 11-7 after one and 23-22 at the half.
Part of that was due to the play of West Wilkes’ Emily Huffman who tallied 14 first-half points. The Longhorns’ defense held her to only three points in the second half. JCHS’ head coach Thomas Wampler felt like that was the difference.
“We’re in the middle of a defensive transition although we’ve not ditched our old one completely,” said Wampler. “Today we played our new defense almost exclusively. Their #22 (Emily Huffman) could play and she wasn’t afraid of anyone. We had to have several girls step up and guard her one-on-one and they did. We struggled with that initially, but as the game went on we got better and better.”
The Lady Horns trailed by six in the second quarter but rode the play of Michala Cretsinger and Destiny Cole to get back in the game.
Cretsinger fired in two quick buckets that got the Horns even at 14 -14. Cole later swished a three and Taylor Parsons added a deuce that offset five straight points by Huffman.
Cretsinger’s runner with 10 seconds remaining in the half put the Horns up by one, but Huffman’s runner at the buzzer put Wilkes back in front at intermission.
It didn’t take long to see their game play unfold in the third quarter. Huffman failed to score in the frame, but that wasn’t the case for Johnson County.
The Brooks twins took over the fame and helped Johnson County build a seven-point lead by the quarter’s end.
Brittany Brooks had a pair of treys while Courtney added five points including a key three-point play.
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