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Longhorns fall in consolation game

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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FORT CHISWELL, VA. –The late Jerry Reed once sang “when you’re hot you’re hot, and when you’re not you’re not.” The latter was the case with Johnson County on Thursday in the consolation game of the First Virginia Bank Christmas Tournament played at Fort Chiswell High School. The Longhorns fell to the host school 41-37 on a night when they couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn from the field.
A pair of baskets by Codie Bailie and one each from Bud Icenhour and Caleb Throop allowed them to take a 10-7 lead after one. But disaster would set in over the new two quarters.
They trailed 18-14 at the half after shooting 2-of-14 from the field during the second quarter. Bailie’s basket at the buzzer ended a string of 12 consecutive missed shots.
But it only got worse in the third quarter.
Johnson County’s only bucket was a layup by Brandon Vannoy with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter. They had missed 13 straight shots up to that point.
They trailed 28-18 to start the fourth quarter but somehow found a way to get back in the game.
Bud Icenhour hit a pair of treys en route to nine points and got them within four at 31-27.
Austin Houser’s trey and a bucket by Bailie gave Johnson County a one-point lead with 2:09 remaining.
But they would make only one field goal over the final two minutes allowing the Cavaliers to pull away from the foul line.
Bailie recorded a double-double, 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Longhorns. Icenhour finished with 13 points. Nathan Arnold gathered nine boards.
Tanner Bailey, Ben Porter and Cody Rider had nine points apiece for Fort Chiswell.
Head coach Austin Atwood pretty much summed up the night.

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