By Tim Chambers
BLUFF CITY—Johnson County’s trip to Sullivan East produced a pair of losses inside the Patriot Palace on Tuesday. The boys dropped a heart-breaking 51-48 contest while the girls were bombarded 58-29.
Sullivan East 51
Johnson County 48
Johnson County appeared to have the game well in hand after doubling the halftime score at 24-12 in their favor. They came back out in the second half and extended it to 14 on a basket by Jordan Edes to open the frame, but things would take a 180 from that point.
The Pats had started the game on a 7-0 run but scored only five points over the next 14 minutes.
They reeled off seven straight after Edes’ bucket and got back within seven at 26-19.
The Pats kept whittling away at the deficit outscoring the Horns 24-10 in the quarter and took the lead at 36-34 heading into the final period.
The Longhorns had trouble generating any balance in their offense during the second half. Blake Atwood scored six points in the third quarter, but they could muster only four more points among the five players that logged minutes in the frame.
The fourth quarter was more the same. Bud Icenhour connected on three treys, but only one other player scored in the period.
The Longhorns had two chances to tie late but misfired on a couple of treys. East was able to hang on for the win.
Icenhour was the only Longhorn in double figures with 20, hitting six treys. Atwood had seven points, and Edes finished with eight. Zack Eller provided six points on two treys and four steals.
Adam Davidson led the Pats with 19 points while Dustin Bartley contributed 14. Ethan Whitley scored nine second-half points.
The turning points of the game came after East trailed 24-12 at halftime.
Patriots’ head coach John Dyer stormed out at the game officials voicing his displeasure while leaving the floor heading to the dressing room. Longhorn fans were in disbelief that no technical foul was called against him despite protesting loudly all the way across the court.
The Pats’ responded with a big second half; Johnson County didn’t.
The Longhorns were whistled for 13 second half fouls while the “Pats collected only four, three in the final two minutes.
JOHNSON COUNTY (48)
J.C. 7 17 10 14 — 48
Icenhour 20, Edes 8, Atwood 7, Eller 6, N. Arnold 1, T. Arnold 4, Phillips 2
SULLIVAN EAST (51)
S.E. 7 5 24 15 — 51
Davidson 19, Bentley 14, Whitley 9, Johnson 5, Davis 2, Lowe 2
3-point goals—JC 8 (Icenhour 6, Eller 2) SE 9 (Davidson 5, Bartley 2, Whitley 1, Johnson 1)
Sullivan East 58
Johnson County 29
It wasn’t a good night for the Lady Horns who scored only 16 points over the first three quarters. East led 28-11 at the half and was out in front 44-16 going into the fourth quarter.
Tolley was quick, to sum up, the loss. “It’s frustrating because we knew East would come out and apply full-court pressure and guard us man up,” he said. “We haven’t got to that point yet where we can handle that type of pressure. We have to learn to play at that speed if we ever want to compete for championships. That’s what you face when you make deep runs in the tournaments.”
East got a game-high 20 points from Kylee Wolfe. Kayla Honaker added 15 points for the Lady Pats who amassed 11 treys in the game.
Sadie Stout led the Lady Longhorns with eight points.
JOHNSON COUNTY (29)
J.C. 4 7 5 13 — 29
Stout 8, Parsons 4, C. Brooks 4, B. Brooks 3, Peele 2, Cox 2, Kleine 2, Cornett 2, Hall 0, Winters 0,
SULLIVAN EAST (58)
S.E. 15 12 17 14 — 58
Wolfe 20, Honaker 15, Ollis 5, Holden 2, Gouge 5, Nelson 5, Aubrey 3, Easley 3
3-point goals—JC 2 (Stout, B. Brooks) SE 11 (Wolfe 6, Honaker 1, Aubrey 1, Ollis 1, Easley 1, Gouge 1)