By Tim Chambers
The Lady Longhorns played a strong first quarter but Dobyns-Bennett put together a Charles Atlas-type second frame. The Lady Indians outscored Johnson County 24-7 in the second period that propelled them to a 65-44 win on Tuesday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
The game was tied at 11-11 after the first quarter but D-B started the second one on a 10-0 run. Head coach Leon Tolley said his Lady Longhorns couldn’t match that intensity.
“We knew they would up the pressure in the second quarter and they did,” said Tolley. “The disappointing thing was we backed off and shied away from it after attacking them in the first quarter. You play teams like this to get ready for your conference schedule. I thought after Friday’s win they would really come out feeling good about themselves and work hard. I have to catch myself and temper my enthuasism and remember we’re a work in progress. There are going to be some bumps in the road. Anybody that plays D-B is going to have a bump in the road.”
The ride might have been even smoother if they hadn’t been minus one of their key starters who was sidelined with a concussion.
It didn’t seem to matter after they got clicking.
Johnson County led 5-2 on a basket by Courtney Brooks and 11-9 after Sadie Stout canned a long trey. Ta-Tionna White’s basket at the buzzer tied the game at 11-all.
The Indians never trailed again in the game.
Missed opportunities open up the flood gates for D-B
The Indians pushed the lead at 21-11 before a three-ball by freshman Emmy Miller ended the run. That was as close as the Lady Horns would get as D-B doubled the score 32-16 by going on its second run of 11-1.
The Lady Longhorns trailed 35-18 at the half and could never get the deficit back under double-digits.
White finished the game with 22 points and eight rebounds, 15 points in the final quarter for D-B. The Lady Longhorns defense held Division 1 prospect Courtney Whitson to just 11 points. She did however have five rebounds, four assists and four steals which is the mark of a complete player. Lilly Griffith also had 11 points, five assists and four steals.
The Lady Longhorns turned the ball over 30 times, 20 off of steals.
Courtney Brooks and Stout led the scoring with 13 points each. Taylor Parsons added six points and a team high nine rebounds. Emmy Miller had five points and five rebounds. Taylor Cox finished with five points and three steals. Natalie Winters scored a basket and had three steals.
Coach Tolley’s final comments
Tolley wasn’t pleased with the high number of turnovers or missed easy shots. The Longhorns had 10 layups that didn’t fall.
“As usual, we were our own worst enemy,” added Tolley. “Turnovers and missed layups killed us. Those opportunities we had around the basket and free throws make or break you in close games. That could have narrowed the margin some, but we go back to our youth and the first thing they want to do is take the easy way out. We pick up our dribble and other stuff. That’s why we don’t convert some of the shots. ‘’
Tolley did see a few bright spots against one of the elite powerhouses in Northeast Tennessee.
“We had some positives despite all the negatives. We played a very athletic team and competed for a while. I guess I expect too much because I wanted to win. I keep reminding myself we are a work in progress. Building a good program is never easy.”
Johnson County 44
White 22, Whitson 11, L. Griffith 11, Potts 6, Francis 7, Wallace 6, B. Griffith 2
Johnson County (44)
B, Brooks 13, Stout 13, Parsons 6, E. Miller 5, Cox 5,Hall 0, Peele 2, B. Brooks 0, Winters 2, Cornett 0
D-B 11 24 12 19 — 66
J.C. 11 7 8 18 — 44
3-point goals—JC 3 (Stout 2, Miller) DB 2 (Potts, Francis)