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The Johnson County boys held their own against Hampton last week for the first two and a half quarters of the game. But the second half was a whole new ball game. Applying the full-court heat, the Bulldogs dominated and went on to win the conference contest 68-45 last Monday night, November 21st.
Were real young, and we have a tough time with the press for the long-haul, Johnson County coach Austin Atwood said. I knew we would. We handled it okay early, not too bad till the half, and came out there the start of the third quarter I think were a little out of shape.
The Longhorns (2-2) held an 8-6 advantage in the first quarter.
Johnson Countys Dusty Stout opened the second period with a 3-pointer, knotting the contest. Lane Smith scored off a steal to put Hampton up 16-13, before Brian Dempsey answered with a 3-pointer to regain the lead 17-16 for the Longhorns.
Hamptons Cody McClain converted a huge four-point play with a little over three minutes to go and the Bulldogs were back up 20-17. After Johnson County tied it, Ned Smith sunk a 3-pointer to push Hampton ahead 23-20.
Cody Ingle followed with a bucket to make it a five-point advantage making it 28-23 at intermission. After a dismal third quarter by the Longhorns, the score was 46-31 to open the final quarter before Wesley Murray caught on fire, scoring five quick points.
We fouled a lot in the third quarter, and got them in a one-and-one early, Atwood said. You get that team in a one-and-one, and they can pressure the ball like that, youre in trouble. We just didnt handle their pressure well. Were young. Weve got young guards.
Dempsey led the Longhorns with 13 points, fouling out with 7:34 remaining. Dusty Stout scored nine and Ryan Mahala hit seven.
Johnson County controlled the glass 40-32. Mahala hauled in 11 rebounds, while Dusty Stout grabbed seven boards and Dempsey pulled down five.
The Longhorns were 19 of 27 at the foul line. Chase Phillips came up with two steals.
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The Bulldogs girls coach Leon Tolley had some praise for the Longhorns in their contest last week in Hampton.
All the credit should go to Coach Whittemore and the Lady Longhorns, Tolley said. They out-hustled us the entire game.
The effort, however, was not enough for the win as Hampton handed the Horns a 47-31 loss last Monday night.
Johnson Countys Sarah Swift led the Longhorn scoring with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Brown added six points and four steals, while McCulloch scored six.
Brandy Dugger contributed eight boards and three steals. Brianna Reece pulled down six rebounds, and the Longhorns were edged on the glass 37-35.
Johnson County was 15 of 21 at the line. The Bulldogs were 9 of 17.
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J.R. Speed fired in 17 points to guide the Longhorns, while Chase Phillips scored 10 and T.J. Patterson hit nine.
Johnson County led 14-6 heading in the second period, 26-13 at the break and 41-27 through three quarters.
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