By Tim Chambers
Elizabethton—The Lady Longhorns are playing the best basketball of the season down the stretch with tournament time just around the corner and are hoping to make the regional tournament for the first time in more than two decades. They took down Happy Valley 50-30 on Friday for their fifth consecutive win that moved them into fourth place in the Three Rivers Conference. That avenged a 46-42 loss suffered on December 13 in a game where the Lady Longhorns didn’t play very well. That wasn’t the case this time around at Johnson County led from the outset.
The red hot shooting of Sadie Stout and Taylor Cox carried the Horns throughout the first half to a 23-18 halftime advantage. It was a sweet win for Cox, who started her school career at Happy Valley, where she wasn’t part of the basketball program, but through hard work and dedication, she is a key cog for the Lady Horns. The little southpaw haw a key steal and layup in the fourth quarter that put them up 41-24 after HV had scored six straight.
She ended the game with a baker’s dozen 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Stout gave a monster performance by scorning 18 points, many of them clutch ones, and provided four assists and grabbed six boards. The Horns put the game away late on three key free throws by point guard Natalie Winters who also contributed a crucial basket in the third quarter and four assists. Emmy Miller’s eight rebounds topped the Lady Longhorns.
The Lady Longhorns will play first place and state-ranked Sullivan Central on Tuesday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium and second place Elizabethton on Friday. Fans are urged to come out and support the girl’s team in their quest to make the District tournament. The game is set for 6:30 p.m. for both games, which will be at home.
JOHNSON CO (50)
Stout 18, Cox 13, Winters 5, Miller 6, Parsons 5, Cornett 3
HAPPY Valley (30)
Campbell 3, Wood 2, Absher 3, Ramey 2, Whitson 9, Cox 9, Bailey 2,
JCHS 6 13 18 13 –50
HVHS 7 6 5 12 –30