With a runaway first half against the Northwood High School Panthers, the Johnson County Longhorns took an opportunity to gain some much needed experience for their younger players. The end result was a home game win of 69-53 which saw not only varsity but many junior varsity players get on the board. According to assistant coach David Arnold, It went pretty good considering that we didnt really know anything about them. We didnt know what they had at all. Once we got into the game we got to play a lot of kids, which is what you want to do in a game like this. I think for the most part we did well. We did a lot of good things; we had some good rebounds. We got to run a lot of our sets; overall were pleased with the win.
The first quarter started off quick for the Longhorns, putting seven on the board within the first two minutes. However, Northwood didnt back down either and a strong press held the Longhorns score at bay for a long stretch. With three minutes left on the clock, the Panthers had managed to even up the score, 7-7. Continuing to fight, both teams landed another bucket bumping the score up 9-9. Then, when it appeared that Johnson County might have a long night ahead of them, the Longhorns really began pouring on the heat and pulled off an 11 point gain with less than two minutes in the quarter. A last second Northwood foul shot put the score 20-10 at the clock.
The second quarter saw Northwoods point deficit double from 10 to more than 20, thanks largely to the Longhorns defense. Although the Panthers had managed two baskets early on, they werent able to score again until the last three minutes before the half. At the same time Johnson Countys offense went on a very successful run, picking up eight in the first half of the quarter alone. The last four minutes went even better, despite a few gains by Northwood, ending the half 40-19.
Going into the third, Johnson County began putting in some of their players off the bench, and although there were a few mistakes and some extra fouls, even those with less experience did very well. For the Panthers, the main problem was Johnson Countys defense, and in the whole quarter they only managed to gain six. The third slowed down for the Longhorns as well, but they were still able to make 12, going into the fourth 52-25.
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