By Tim Chambers
The Lady Longhorns got their signature win on Tuesday and won their fourth consecutive game by defeating Sullivan South 51-40 inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. The game was close the entire way as the game was tied at 13-13 after one, and the Horns held a slim 24-20 advantage at the half thanks to a late drive and basket by Taylor Cox down the lane in the final seconds.
The Longhorns continued to play close in the third quarter as South tied the score at 26, all but a three-point play by Emmy Miller put the Lady Longhorns in front to stay at 29-26 a lead they would never relinquish. They pushed it up to 36-30 to start the fourth quarter and held on behind the hot shooting of Stout and Cox to earn the win.
Cox led the way with 18 points while Stout added 15 to the cause. The Longhorns got a key basket by Natalie Winters in the final stanza after holding the ball for nearly a 2-minute span. Miller also had a key basket and blocked a shot in the final quarter.
McKenzie Littleton led the Lady Rebels with 10 points while Nicole Troutman tallied 9 points and nine rebounds. Miller collected ten rebounds to lead the Lady Longhorns and scored 9 points. Winters dished out five assists.
“This is the fourth game in a row where we’ve given good effort,” said JC’s head coach Leon Tolley. “The kids are starting to buy into what we are doing at practice, and it’s showing in their play on the court. I’m very proud of them for the way they’ve stepped up.”
SULLIVAN SOUTH (40)
Littleton 10, Troutman 9, Warner 3, Jordan 8, Harris 8, Chandler 4, Compton 5, Nelson 1
JOHNSON CO. (51)
Cox 18. Stout 15, Miller 9, Winters 2, Cornett 3, Winters 2, Parsons 2, Kleine 2.
JCHS 13 11 12 15 –51
SSHS 13 11 6 10 –40