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South ‘steers’ past Longhorns 65-60

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County appears to have gotten its “Steers” in a place where they
can’t turn around, but hopefully they’ll find some greener pasture
before the District Tournament begins. A 65-60 loss to Sullivan South on
Friday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium was a critical blow to their
tournament seeding.
South is 4-6 in league play while Johnson County is 3-6. The Longhorns
will play Elizabethton at home on Monday with road games at Sullivan
North and East on Tuesday and Friday.
South has a home date with North and another game at Sullivan East
remaining. Happy Valley (2-7) must play Unicoi County, Elizabethton and
Sullivan North.
“I was worried about how we would come back and play after the tough
loss to Hampton last night,” said Johnson County head coach Austin
Atwood. “You are not going to beat anybody when you get outrebounded the
way that we did. We usually defend and rebound well but tonight we
didn’t do either. We turned it over two times in the first half and had
four early in the third quarter. Those things added up over the course
of a game. That was the difference.”
The​ contest was nip-and-tuck throughout the first quarter with neither
team able to create any sizeable lead.
Sophomore Bud Icenhour fired in 12 of Johnson County’s 14 points by
hitting 4-of-4 from behind the three point arc.
South held a 15-14 advantage after one with the help of seven points by
Grant Ward and five from Evan Morris. And it stayed close during the
second period.
Morris gave South a 20-17 advantage by draining a trey but Johnson
County would stage a 7-0 run. Back-to-back baskets by Brandon Vannoy and
Cody Bailie in the paint allowed the Longhorns to forge ahead 24-20.
Johnson County appeared like it might take a five-point advantage into
the locker room at halftime but a three-point play by Morris got South
close at 27-25 at the midpoint break.
That shot swung the momentum South’s way, helping them mount a 12-2 run
to start the third quarter. Garrett Bowery’s jumper gave them a 37-29
advantage but that would shrink. Johnson County rallied with a
three-ball by Blake Atwood and Bailie’s three-point play to pull within
one at 41-40 at the 46-second mark in the third.
That capped off an 11-2 run but the Rebels used Seth Crawford’s trey to
build a 44-40 lead after three.
It was another fast start by the Rebels in the fourth quarter which
probably was the difference.
They blitzed out to 52-40 advantage with Bowery’s three highlighting
their 8-0 run.
Johnson County made it a game with the help of a trey each by Blake
Atwood and Jose Guzman.
The Longhorns got within three points three times in the final quarter
but each time South would knock down clutch free throws. The final one
came with 10 seconds remaining with the ‘Horns in pursuit at 63-60

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