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Lady Pioneers hammer Longhorns 74-38

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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The Lady Longhorns showed improvement offensively against David Crockett but not enough to propel them to a win. The visitors from Jonesborough stung Johnson County 74-38 on Wednesday afternoon inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
The 38 points were 10 more than they scored against Unicoi County on the previous night but Crockett had already rung up 50 by halftime. The Longhorns held them to 24 second-half points but the damage had already been administered.

“We played our hardest but it’s frustrating,” said sophomore point guard Micahla Cretsinger. “We wanted to win another game for Coach Whitt (Todd Whittemore) but we can’t seem to stop teams from scoring. I believe we can play better but we’re just not doing it.”
Johnson County trailed 23-10 after one despite getting five points from Cretsinger including a three. Kasey Gordon matched Cretsinger with five points the same way, but seven more of her Lady Pioneer teammates would score in the period.
Cretsinger continued to play well in the second quarter by firing in seven points. Kourtney Tolley added a pair of baskets and Jaymie Jennings had another, but their defense couldn’t slow down David Crockett.
Gordon fired in another three and so did Madi Grindstaff who tallied eight points in the frame.
The Lady Pioneers shot a blistering 14-of-16 from the foul line in the first half and led 50-23 at the intermission.
Both teams played better defensively in the second half but Crockett’s offense still had the upper hand.
They used a three-pointer each by Lily Ayers and Chelsea Broyles to offset the six points scored by Cretsinger.
The Longhorns trailed 65-31 heading into the final frame.
It was the final home game for senior players Gianna Lay, Dawn Lewis and Demi Blevins.
Tolley, Cretsinger, Kelsey Duperry and Jaymie Jennings will all return next season making the outlook much brighter for head coach Todd Whittemore in 2015-16.
Cretsinger finished with a game high 18 points. Tolley added 11 and Jennings provided five. Kelsey Duperry led the rebounding with nine.
Gordon’s 12 points were tops for David Crockett. Chelsea Lynsinger and Madi Grindstaff each scored 11. Ashley Ervin’s 10 points gave them four players in double figures.
Cretsinger feels like the team is getting better.

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