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Lady Longhorns stave off Sullivan North 40-34

JC’s Taylor Parsons #22 out jumps North’s Kaitlyn Vaughn #15 for  a rebound
JC’s Taylor Parsons #22 out jumps North’s Kaitlyn Vaughn #15 for  a rebound

By Tim Chambers

Winning ugly can be a good thing and that was the case with Johnson County’s victory over Sullivan North. The Lady Longhorns overcame 37 turnovers and prevailed 40-34 inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Neither team could get a “bear claw” on the basketball which turned the tiny dome into a bakery. North ended the game with 28 as the two teams combined for 65 turnovers, but the only thing sweet in the end was a Lady Longhorns’ victory.
It appeared as if the tempo would be fast paced in the early going. Michala Cretsinger swished a three-ball and added a deuce, giving the Horns a 5-0 advantage. But the offense would fizzle out from there.
Their only other points came on two short jumpers by Taylor Parsons in the paint, but still they led 9-6. North made only 2-of-12 shots in the frame.
“We played scrappy,” said Cretsinger. “It’s that way anytime we play Sullivan North. The game was ugly, but fortunately we hit a few more shots than they did. We definitely didn’t play our best but Taylor Parsons did. Putting her in the starting lineup has given her some confidence. She’s played great the past two games.
Her assessment about Parsons was spot on, but she failed to mention herself as being a key component.
The senior guard tallied 20 points including a pair of treys in the third quarter when North was making a run. She also tacked on seven rebounds and a game high five steals in addition to nine points in the second period.
The Longhorns outscored North 19-11 in the second quarter and led 28-17 at the half. Britain Peele had a couple of key buckets in the frame, but the play of Parsons factored heavily on the outcome.
She ended the game with 18 rebounds, eight blocked shots and eight points. She had 19 rebounds in her previous start versus South.
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