By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Saturday proved to be a rough day at the office for Johnson County. Faced with the task of playing two games, including one against top ranked Elizabethton, the Lady Longhorns were completely overwhelmed.
Unaka breezed to a 66-34 victory after the Horns were destroyed by the Cyclones 107-17.
Johnson County 34
The Lady Rangers went deep into their bench to win with ease in the second contest.
Six quick points from Hannah Tipton allowed them to double the score at 12-6. The Lady Longhorns got four points late in the quarter from Michala Cretsinger to help them stay in the hunt but they trailed 14-8 after one.
Unaka began to sub freely during the second quarter that would pay huge dividends in the third.
Tipton remained on the floor with post player Sierra Wright and a wholesale of reserves. The senior leader fired in 11 points en route to 17 by the break.
Wright recorded six of her game high 13 rebounds in the quarter that allowed them some second chance opportunities.
Courtney Brooks and the free throw line kept Johnson Countys hopes of a comeback victory alive. Brooks had their only field goal and was 4-of-4 from the foul line. Eight of Johnson Countys 10 points came at the charity stripe.
The Rangers led 29-18 at the half but things were about to change.
They began the third quarter with some pressure defense that was kicked up a couple of notches from the first half.
Wright worked the paint for six points and a half dozen steals by the Lady Rangers would help produce two layups and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
The 11-point deficit increased to 31 after the Horns were outscored 25-5 in the frame. Unaka led 54-23 going into the fourth quarter.
The Rangers got a pair of quick treys by Sydney Markland and Kaitlyn Burrow to start the final frame. The two teams played out the string from there.
Tipton finished with 23 points and five assists. Wright added 12 points and 13 boards. Nine of their 11 players scored in the contest.
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