By Tim Chambers
HAM PTON—Johnson County got a much need win on Tuesday by romping past Hampton 68-36 in a road game played inside of White-Vanhuss Gymnasium, a homecoming of some sorts for current Lady Longhorns’ coach and former Hampton girl’s head coach Leon Tolley.
The Lady Longhorns jumped on top 22-4 after one-quarter of play then put it on cruise control from that point.
Their defense limited the young Lady Bulldogs to only five first-half field goals. They were 5-of-13 from the field in the first half and 2-for-7 on threes. The Dogs trailed 36-`11 at the half.
Taylor Cox had nine first-quarter points, and Sadie Stout added a dozen by halftime to spark the Longhorns’ offense.
The Longhorns (6-4) never trailed in the contest. The defense forced eight turnovers in the first half, six of which they scored off.
Tolley was pleased with their effort.
“When we come to play, we are long and athletic,” said Tolley. “We needed this win in the worst way. I get no pleasure coming back here and beating the former team that I coached, but it’s good to see friends that I’ve known for years, and that is always good. We sure did need a win.”
Cox led the Horns with
a game-high 22 points
while Stout followed with
18 points and six boards Natalie Winters had a good floor game with seven assists, four steals and five points from her point guard position. Emmy Miller added 12
points and ten rebounds in the win.
Hannah Collins topped the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points.
The Longhorns earned
their four consecutive
victories over the Lady Bulldogs the first time ever
for the girls basketball program.