By Tim Chambers
BLUFF CITY—It was simply a game of two halves. Johnson County played its best first half of the season against the league leaders only to watch them pull away in the second half.
The Patriots prevailed 64-33 after trailing the entire first half before a basket in the final second put them up by one at 24-23.
Head coach Thomas Wampler touched on his team’s play early.
“We had several girls step up and play well in the first half,” said Wampler. “It was big to get those two conference wins last week because we needed the confidence. We came out and competed. You have to do that against a good team like East. We just couldn’t get going offensively in the second half and they had something to do with that. But I saw some good things that we can build on.”
The Lady Longhorns wasted no time taking it to the Patriots during the first quarter. Michala Cretsinger and Courtney Brooks had a pair of deuces apiece that allowed them to go up 10-4 after a Kaitlyn Nichols’ basket. Bella Miller ended the frame with a jumper, giving Johnson County a surprising 14-8 lead.
The stunned Patriot crowd whined like a litter of puppies when a basket by Courtney Brooks doubled the lead at 16-8. They protested when Cretsinger was given three charity tosses and canned them all. But from that point they begin to whittle away.
Brittney Brooks had a basket that stopped a 4-0 run but East kept reducing the deficit. Kait Nidiffer’s basket with 03 seconds remaining allowed the Pats to go in at halftime up 24-23. The only other time they had led in the half was at 1-0 to start the game.
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