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Longhorns hammer Happy Valley 55-40

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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ELIZABETHTON— There were no power outages reported at Happy Valley High School on Tuesday night despite Johnson County shooting the lights out. The Longhorns scored the first 14 points then cruised to a 55-40 win inside of Bayless Gymnasium.
Jose Guzman ignited the fire by scoring eight of their first 10 points including two treys. He complimented his teammates for getting him the ball in open spots.
“I got hot,” said a smiling Guzman. “I was knocking down shots and Chase Phillips kept finding me. All my teammates kept encouraging me to shoot. I think it surprised their defense.”
What it did was silence a partisan Warriors’ crowd on senior night after baskets by Cody Bailie and a tip-in from Austin Houser made it 14-0. Guzman had 11 points in the frame and the ‘Horns led 19-9 after one.
“We shot well early but we defended pretty good too,” said head coach Austin Atwood. “We got a lot of loose balls and didn’t allow them to get any second and third shots. You have to have that especially when you’re playing on the road. Our kids played with a lot of effort.”
Things didn’t get any better for the Warriors in the second period.
Johnson County continued to shoot well after hitting 8-of-14 from the field in the first quarter. And the six offensive rebounds they collected in the frame resulted in two baskets and a pair of free throws.
Guzman continued his red-hot shooting, hitting two more treys to put Johnson County up 31-17. They closed out the quarter with a pair of free throws and held a 33-17 advantage at the intermission.
Happy Valley’s offense was held in check by the Longhorns’ defense the whole game.
They mustered only two field goals in the third quarter and were outscored 12-7.
Bud Icenhour and Houser scored four apiece and Guzman added his sixth trey. The ‘Horns held a comfortable 46-30 cushion going into the final frame.
“You have to defend in our league to win,” added Atwood. “We stood around at times but we contested nearly every shot for the most part.”

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