By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It took only one day for Johnson County to nearly duplicate its win total from last season. The Lady Longhorns outlasted Tri-Cities Christian 57-53 in their first contest then cruised past Patrick Henry, Virginia 52-33 in their second game. They were defeated by South Greene in the nightcap.
Johnson County 57
Tri-Cities Christian 53
What looked like easy victory for the Lady Longhorns would end up a slugfest over the final three quarters with the home team coming out on top.
Johnson County got a free throw by Michala Cretsinger in the final seconds to go up by four and secure the win.
It was the first one for head coach Thomas Wampler who replaced Todd Whittemore after five seasons. And he did it with plenty of players producing. Nine Lady Longhorns scored in each game.
You never know what a team has from one year to the next, said Wampler. I thought the games would have been the other way around. Patrick Henry finished in the middle of the pack of their conference last season and we played Tri-Cities last year up here. We gauged off that and ended up having to make some adjustments as the games progressed. I was really impressed with how everyone played. We had good ball movement and player movement on offense. We got down and played some scrappy defense which I love to see.
He saw his team build a 12-6 lead in the first quarter getting seven points by Cretsinger and a three-ball from Brittney Brooks.
They extended their lead at 10 points during the second quarter with a pair of key buckets from Kaitlyn Nichols. She ended the quarter with eight points complimented by a long trifecta from Bella Miller.
The Lady Longhorns led 29-22 at the half.
The play of Cindi Rosenbalm kept the Lady Eagles close throughout the second half. She ended the game with 25 points including 15 during the second half. It was her and Abby Millikens play that enabled them to take the lead early in the fourth quarter.
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