By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It's been a struggle for the girls high school basketball team, but some much needed help could be on the way very soon. The Middle School Longhorns looked impressive on Saturday in their 40-12 win over Hampton in the consolation game of the seventh grade tournament at Happy Valley Middle School.
It was a big win for Johnson County after a close loss to the Lady Warriors on Friday who defeated Hunter in the championship game. Head coach Kechia Eller was elated with her team's play.
Every single player contributed in this win, said Eller. The girls on the bench came in for the starters and picked up right where they left off. I didn't feel like we missed a beat today. It's one of the best games we've played all year.
Johnson County was able to build an 11-5 lead after one.
Hannah Brooks scored five points while Chola Arnold and Kayla Parsons added three apiece. But they stepped it up a notch in the second quarter behind the play of Abby Cornett.
She ended the quarter with five points, three steals and three assists. Two of those assists resulted in a pair of baskets being scored by Tiffany Price. A third one enabled Adrian Hall to convert a layup.
Cornett's three-point play gave the Longhorns a 20-point lead.
Hampton's Hazen Brumitt stopped the run with nice bank shot but Arnold's three-ball at the buzzer put them back up 27-7 at the half.
We played team ball the whole game, said Cornett. Everyone went out there and did their job.
Cornett continued her stellar play during the third quarter.
Her six points and three more by Natalie Winters gave the 'Horns a comfortable 36-12 advantage heading into the final quarter.
This was one of our best games today because we all worked together, said Cornett who ended the game with 11 points, five assists, six rebounds and four steals. After we lost to Happy Valley we wanted to win our pride back. We love playing together and can't wait to play in high school. We talk about it all the time. We want to be a good basketball team.
They were that and then some against the Junior Bulldogs. They got production from everyone.
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