By Tim Chambers
The Lady Longhorns were 1-7 over their last eight games going into this weekend but found the perfect remedy to turn things around some 125 plus miles away.
Johnson County placed second in the Jingle Ball Classic played at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia, winning three of the five games they played.
The Longhorns lost in the championship game to State Line Home School 72-68 in overtime. The same team had beaten them 63-45 on Friday but the Horns battled back to knock off three opponents to earn a right to play in the title game.
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It took the one-two punch of Ashley Clark and Kacee Shaffner to offset a remarkable scoring performance by Johnson County’s Courtney Brooks.
The duo combined for 49 points, helping State Line Home School earn a hard fought victory.
The Longhorns trailed 20-12 after one but battled back to take a 37-34 halftime advantage.
They fell behind by eight going into the final stanza but outscored State Line 13-5 in the final quarter to send the game into overtime.
Brooks dazzled the crowd by pouring in a game high 35 points to lead the way. Michala Cretsinger was the only other Lady Longhorn in double figures with 14. Taylor Parsons finished with six points. Brittney Brooks and Kaitlyn Nichols provided five apiece and Britain Peele contributed four points.
For coverage on the rest of the games in the tourney, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.