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Lady Longhorns top Providence 24-13

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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JOHNSON CITY— All wins aren’t pretty and that was the case on Thursday night at Providence Academy. Johnson County’s 24-13 victory over the Lady Knights was uglier than a mud fence.
The Lady Longhorns couldn’t throw one in the ocean during the first half but finally got a few to fall in the second.  Their first field goal didn’t come until the 5:01 mark of the second quarter. Head coach Kechia Eller wasn’t very pleased with their play.
“We weren’t moving at all on the offensive end,” said Eller. “But I was most disappointed in our effort on the defensive end. We had a few calls go against us and the kids got down but that’s no excuse for lack of effort. We finally made a few shots in the third quarter that gave us a comfortable lead. But tonight wasn’t one of our better efforts.”
The Lady Longhorns missed their first 12 field goals attempts and trailed 2-1 after the first. Taylor Parsons’ putback gave them a 3-2 lead in the second quarter and ended their 0-13 drought.
Parson scored seven in the quarter to offset the seven points scored by Maddie Runnels of Providence Academy.
The Longhorns led 10-7 at the half.
The Longhorns finally got untracked during the third quarter with a 10-point output that extended their lead.
Abby Cornett, Adrian Hall and Parsons all hit buckets in the early stages of the third quarter that gave them a nine-point advantage.
Another Parsons’ putback allowed them to take a 21-11 advantage cushion heading into the final stanza.
Cornett scored Johnson County’s only field goal in the fourth quarter and Taylor Cox added two free throws but the Knights couldn’t close the gap. Savannah Jessee scored their lone field goal as they missed their final eight shots in the game.
Parsons led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Cornett provided five points and four steals. Adrian Hall had four points. Natalie Winters contributed five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Holiman led the Lady Knights with nine.

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