By Tim Chambers
It’s always good when a team exceeds expectations and the Lady Longhorns did just that in tennis. Johnson County played nine matches in 2016 and finished with a mark of 4-5.
They enjoyed wins over Unicoi County, Happy Valley, Sullivan North and North Greene and they did it with only three returning players.
Ashtyn Henson, Cora Hayworth and Gracie May were the top three players on the squad.
Head coach Eric Crabtree commended his squad for their excellent play.
Cora played well all year in singles and Ashtyn and Gracie won better than half their matches in doubles,” said Crabtree. “Several of our bottom players did well too.
That was evident in the last week’s district tournament.
Brittney Cox battled Ashley Blaylock from East on even terms before falling 8-4.
Hayworth drew a tough opponent in Morgan Buchanan who reached the finals put played competitive. She touched on how the season went as a whole.
“We had a much better season than last year,” said Henson. “We were able to practice a lot after they got the courts fixed and the new nets up. I know we all definitely improved on our game. It was a very fun year for everyone.”
The Lady Longhorns picked up a pair of wins in doubles play. Caleigh Blair and Hailey Cannon won their opening match 9-8. May and Henson defeated Wagner and McKeehan 8-3, giving Johnson County another victory. Both teams fell in the second round although May and Henson played a very good match against the duo of Nelson and Murray of East.
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