By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
JOHNSON CITY Providence Academy wasnt a Pleasantville for Johnson County on Thursday. The Longhorns never could get going and were soundly defeated 47-35 by the Knights.
The Longhorns played even 8-8 after one but suddenly found themselves down 15-8. Providence went on a 7-0 run and would never trail again in the contest.
We had a good game plan going in but we didnt execute from the get-go, said Johnson County head coach Devin Shaw. We didnt start playing until late in the game. We dug ourselves too big of a hole and we did that by not coming out ready to play. I didnt like what I saw tonight. Well watch the film together so we can fix our mistakes.
It didnt take long for Johnson County to get back in the contest. Jared Kimbles basket topped off an 8-2 run that closed the deficit to 18-17 at the 2:02 mark.
The Knights closed out the frame on a 6-1 run and led 24-18 at the half. And things would go south from there.
Providence surged out to a 30-16 lead going on an 8-0 run to start the third. They extended that advantage at 39-20 before the Horns could mount a comeback.
The Horns made it respectable by going on a 10-0 run to end the game.
Nine Johnson County players scored but only one made it to double figures.
Lucas Phillips led the Longhorns with 11 points, all in the first half. Timothy Grindstaff and Darren Cunningham tallied four apiece.
The trio of Josh Gregory, Michael Bright and Eyoab Knapp scored 16, 15 and 10 points respectively for Providence Academy.
7th Grade Game
Johnson County 43
Providence Academy 15
Cody Norris tallied 13 points helping the seventh grade team earn a 43-15 win. Clayton Cross, Stacy Greer and Clay Stanley tallied six apiece in limited play.
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