By Tim Chambers
The seventh grade Longhorns split their team into two squads and took part in the after-Christmas tournament played at Hampton Elementary School last week.
Both teams came away with a victory as the #1 squad won on the second day of the tournament while the #2 squad claimed victory in their third and final game. Both wins came over Jonesborough.
Johnson Co. #1 (24)
The Longhorns appeared to have this game in the bag, leading the game almost the entire way.
Four points by Christopher Lipford and a three-ball from Peyton Pavusek propelled the Horns to an 8-6 advantage after one.
They continued to play well in the second quarter. Nick Speed had a basket that put them up 13-10, then Graham Reece closed the half with a pair of free throws.
The Longhorns led 15-10 at the half.
Grandview kept chipping away at the lead and matched their total first-half point production in the first half at 11. They took the lead 22-19 late in the third but a three-point play from Speed tied the game at 22 all heading into the final frame.
Things started well for the Horns in the final quarter when Speed scored in the paint to put them up 24-22. But Grandview scored the final seven points in the game that allowed them to come away with a victory.
Speed led the Longhorns with nine points and 10 rebounds. Lipford, Reece and Skylar Lawson added three points each. Pavusek tallied four points and Lipford scored the other two.
Hayden Wesley had a game high 11 points for Grandview. Aiden Clark added seven points and Chase Schroeck and Ronnie Bingham tallied for apiece.
Johnson Co.#1 (17)
The Longhorns jumped on top 6-0 only to see Cloudland score the final bucket of the quarter to gain the momentum. The Highlanders proceeded to score 13 straight points and led 13-8 at the half.
Cloudland extended their lead to 10 to start the third quarter behind two quick baskets by Dillon Shell. A three-ball by Levi Lunsford and a deuce from Caden Clarke doubled the score on the Longhorns 24-12 heading into the final quarter.
Chris Lipford and Nick Speed scored five straight points to start the fourth quarter that cut the lead to seven, but the Horns were held scoreless for the final four minutes enabling the Highlanders to win by a baker’s dozen.
Lipford and Speed lead the Longhorns with seven and six points, respectively.
Shell scored a game high 12 points for the Highlanders. Clarke added 11 points in the Highlanders’ win.
Johnson Co. #1 (42)
Johnson County #1 was able to come away with a close 42-39 win over Jonesborough to finish 1-2 in the tournament.
Chris Lipford had a game high 18 points to lead Johnson County. Nick Speed added 12 points. Graham Reece, Dalton Robinson and Skylar Lawson each had four points to close out Johnson County’s scoring.
Justin Madden, Travis Saults and Lars Marshall scored nine points each for Jonesborough.
Johnson County #2 (36)
The second team had quite an impressive showing on the final day, beating Jonesborough by 11 after two previous losses.
The Longhorns lead 10-6 after one getting two baskets each from Dominic Kelly and Brayden Humphrey and a solo bucket from Chris Grill.
Kelly scored all five points in the second quarter that kept them in from 15-10 at halftime.
The Longhorns finally pushed their advantage to double digits in the third quarter with the help of five points by Kelly and four more from Dalton Osborne.
The Longhorns were able to maintain their double-digit cushion in the fourth quarter thanks to the play of Isaiah Curd. He scored all six of his points during the final frame and Kelly added five more in the frame just as he had in the second and third quarters.
Tanner Marshall salted the game away with a free throw that gave the Horns a nice victory.
Kelly blistered the nets for 17 points to lead the Longhorns. Osborne and Curd provided six apiece. Grill and Marshall closed their scoring by finishing with two points each.
Justin Madden scored 14 points to lead the Tigers.
Johnson Co. #2 (19)
The Longhorns put up a good fight before falling by 10 to the Highlanders.
Dominic Kelly led the Longhorns with 10 points. Chris Grill added five points to the cause.
Shell had six points for Cloudland. All eight Highlanders scored in the game.