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Lady Longhorns reach championship game of Tiny Day Tournament

The JCHS Softball Program didn't win a championship on Sunday, but it might have pulled off its biggest win of the season.
In the semifinals of the A-Division, the JCHS Lady Longhorns defeated tradition-rich Daniel Boone and as a result advance to the final game.
The Lady Longhorns went on to lose to fellow Three Rivers Conference School Elizabethton 10-3 in the championship game. It was the fourth time Elizabethton and JCHS had played this year with Elizabethton winning the last three.
Championship game aside, it was a pretty special day for the Lady Longhorns as Miranda Payne and Eden Smith were key in a late rally to earn the win.
The Lady Longhorns weren't intimidated by a Daniel Boone team that had only lost four games coming into Sunday.
JCHS received a great game on the mound by Sam Mahala and she gained the victory for JCHS.
Daniel Boone was shell-shocked by JCHS and in the end the Lady Longhorns earned a big victory.
For JCHS head coach Dana Smith, the win was very special.
“We hit better than we did against Elizabethton, but our defense was good all day,” Smith said. “We made the plays we had to. It's an unbelievable feeling to get this win against team the caliber of Daniel Boone.
The Lady Blazers have one of the best traditions in Northeast Tennessee while JCHS is trying to form one after having to build a program from scratch over the last 15 years.
The win for JCHS could go a long way in forming that tradition and in signaling to the softball world that they belong against these bigger schools.
Coach Smith has put together a tough non-conference schedule with four tournaments and some tough out of conference games with teams like Holston, Unaka and University High. The tough scheduling seems to be turning things around for the Lady Longhorns.
“We want to play teams that will challenge us,” Smith said. “I was very impressed with the Daniel Boone game.”
Rebecca Royston, Ally Reece and Sam Mahala all made the All-Tournament Team.
The Elizabethton game didn't go as good, but Smith was glad two teams from this conference were in the championship game.
“This showing says a lot about our conference,” Smith said.
The Lady Longhorns have a huge non-conference game today with Virginia powerhouse Holston, which is another contest sure to get them ready for a major postseason run.
“This team deserves a shot to make regionals and they know it,” Smith said. “We've played much better defense the past two weeks.
JCHS 2, Daniel Boone 1
Miranda Payne led JCHS with two hits while Lizzie Dugger, Eden Smith and Hollie Harrison had one.
Elizabethton 10, JCHS 3
Rebecca Royston, Ashley Arnold and Haley Miller each had hits for JCHS.
JCHS 3, Chuckey-Doak 0
Sam Mahala, Ashley Arnold, Miranda Payne and Haley Miller all had hits with Mahala nailing a home run.
JCHS 6, Tennessee High 1
Sam Mahala, Allyson Reece and Miranda Payne had two hits while Lizzie Dugger, Eden Smith, Haley Miller and Hollie Harrison each had one.
JCHS 4, North Greene 1
Ashley Arnold had two hits while Rebecca Royston, Miranda Payne, Eden Smith, Haley Miller and Hollie Harrison all had one hit each.