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Lady Warriors derail Longhorns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Happy Valley looked like a “runaway train” inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Friday. The Lady Warriors “derailed” Johnson County 76-33 behind the stellar performance of senior conductor Kalee Johnson.

The senior All-State standout scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in less than three quarters of play. HV stormed out to a 19-0 lead with Johnson scoring eight of those.
“We wanted to get off to a good start,” said Warriors’ head coach Larry Abel Jr. “We’ve not played well here in years past. I thought we played well offensively in the first quarter, but we lost our intensity in the second one after getting the big lead.”

Bailey McGee, Makayla Frazier and Charli Bare had four points each for the Warriors in addition to Johnson’s output. The Longhorns could muster only four points and trailed 23-4 after one.

Johnson County couldn’t shut down Happy Valley’s offense in the second period but they did get their own in gear.
Kelsey Duperry and Michala Cretsinger scored six points apiece and Courtney Brooks added three more. The Horns scored 17 points in the quarter but trailed 45-21 at the half.

Johnson County’s head coach Thomas Wampler was pleased with their defensive effort despite the 76 points scored. He felt like some of those came due to the mistakes that his team made.”
“Looking at the score you wouldn’t think that our defensive effort was where we excelled, but a lot of those points were mistakes we had on offense which gave them some easy layups,” said Wampler. “They’ve got two really good post players and once they get it in to them there is not a whole lot you can really do. We tried stunting, swiping at the ball, helping underneath and straight up double teaming and nothing really seemed to work. It’s a credit to them because they hit their shots when they got inside to the post. But I felt like our kids played hard and didn’t quit.”

The Longhorns could muster only a dozen points in the second half unlike the Warriors who outscored them 31-12.

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