By Tim Chambers
KINGSPORT—Sometimes the final score can be misleading as to how tough a battle the game really was. That was the case in Johnson County’s 62-38 loss to Dobyns-Bennett on Monday night in the Buck VanHuss Dome.
Johnson County played dead even with the heavily favored Indians after trailing 23-11 after the first quarter. They got within nine on Adrian Hall’s three-ball with 3:57 remaining in the third quarter but couldn’t keep up the pace from there.
Coach Tolley’s Comments
Head coach Leon Tolley was still pleased despite the loss.
“Nothing but positives tonight,” said Tolley. “We changed a few things up. We wanted some people to see how it felt playing with other people and without people yet the kids gave it everything they had. It ended up being a 24-point loss but it wasn’t a 24-point game. That’s the two best post players we’ll see and Central and Unicoi only have one each. It was great practice for us. I leave here proud unlike the last two games. I think we took a big step forward tonight.”
The Longhorns shot poorly in the first quarter yet tried to stay in the hunt. Sadie Stout had a couple of field goals and Courtney Brooks was a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. Hazlee Kleine added a late bucket but they still trailed by an even dozen after one.
The Longhorns had trouble stopping D-B’s inside game of Courtney Whitson and Ta-Tionna White.
The duo combined for 14 first quarter points with six of those coming off missed shots.
Whitson and White combined for 32 points and 22 rebounds with 13 of Whitson’s coming in the second half.
Lily Griffith also did damage on the perimeter scoring 15 points for the Lady Indians.
Johnson County got a huge performance by Courtney Brooks who tallied 15 points and Taylor Parsons who grabbed 10 rebounds.
After Hall’s trey that had gotten the deficit back under double digits, Whitson cut loose for six straight points before a Brooks’ basket could stop the run. Johnson County tried to keep fresh legs on the floor, but the Lady Indians simply had just a little too much depth.
Johnson County 38 (Girls)
Johnson Co (38)
Emily Miller 2 0-0 4, Natalie Winters 0 0-2 0, Taylor Cox 0 0-0 0, Courtney Brooks 4 7-8 15, Adrian Hall 2 0-0 5, Hazlee Kleine 2 0-1 4, Taylor Parsons 3 0-2 6, Sadie Stout 2 0-0 4,
Britney Griffith 2 0-0 5, Lily Griffith 5 5-6 15, Jaden Fullen 5 0-0 10, Courtney Whitson 8 1-1 17, Ta-Tionna White 5 3-6 13, Emilee Lane 1 0-0 2
Johnson County 11 10 13 4 — 38 Dobyns-Bennett 23 8 19 12 — 62 3-point goals—JC 1 (Hall 1) DB 1 (B. Griffith 1)