By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
KINGSPORT a losing streak that had plagued head coach Austin Atwood and his Johnson County Longhorns is finally over. Losing on the road at Sullivan South had become the norm until Tuesdays 50-46 win over the Rebels.
They pulled off the historic feat with a strong defensive effort throughout the game. Atwood agreed that defense was the key in their big road victory.
Anytime that you can come in here and get a win it feels good, said Atwood. I believe that this is our first one ever since the league began. Weve beat them a time or two but never here. We knocked down some free throws down the stretch and our defense and rebounding throughout the game was pretty good. Dave (Arnold) and Trent (Snyder) worked with our kids on staying back and boxing out because we knew they shot a lot of threes and there would be some long rebounds. We didnt give them a lot of second chance points. That and our defense I thought was the difference.
Neither team could muster much offense during the first quarter. South (6-10, 1-3) held an 8-7 lead but the Horns turned it up a notch in the second period. And their guard play was the key.
Bud Icenhour knocked down a pair of treys. Jose Guzman had four points and Blake Atwood came off the bench to knock down a late three.
Johnson County (2-2, 6-10) outscored the Rebels 17-7 that included a 15-0 run at one stage. They led 24-15 at the half.
You cant come out and sleep walk for part of the first half, said Sullivan Souths head coach Mark Pendleton said. Give credit to Johnson County. They were prepared to play. We did a lot of standing in the first half.
But the Rebels found their offense and outscored Johnson County 10-4 to start the second half.
They cut the deficit at 28-27 midway through the period but would get no closer.
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