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Last second shot dooms Lady Longhorns to loss

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County’s game with Mitchell County was like trying to sleigh ride in heavy snow from the previous night on a 60 degree afternoon the following day. What started out fun evaporated quickly. The end result would be nothing but a mess.
Mitchell County overcame a 20-4 first quarter deficit to win 66-65 on Saturday inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. Kennedy Atwood’s jumper with 05 seconds remaining was only their second lead of the game.
“It was frustrating as a player to watch,” said Kourtney Tolley who led the Longhorns with 26 points and 11 rebounds. “We should have never allowed them to get back in the game. We might have got tired but we took some bad shots at the end which cost us. And we should have defended Atwood on that last shot.”
Johnson County appeared on its way to an easy win during the first quarter. Back-to-back three-point plays by Tolley and Micahla Cretsinger highlighted a 12-0 run. Courtney Brooks’ basket pushed the margin at 20-4 late in the period.
The Lady Mountaineers closed the frame on a 6-0 run but trailed 20-10.
By halftime they had pulled within seven at 32-25.
There were two key reasons behind Johnson County’s discombobulation.
They went to the foul line a whopping 46 times but hit only 24. And Cretsinger fouled out at the 5:18 mark with Johnson County holding to a seven-point advantage.
“That hurt us losing Micahla,” added Tolley. “Plus Kelsey and Gianna were in foul trouble so we had to back off some defensively.”
Tolley put the ‘Horns up 65-64 by hitting one-of-two free throws with 18 seconds remaining.
The Lady Longhorns missed a long three as time expired.
“It hurts,” said Tolley about the loss. “You never should let a team come back like that.”
Cretsinger added 13 points before fouling out. Gianna Lay provided 10 points and eight rebounds. Kelsey Duperry and Brooks each scored seven.

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