By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
KINGSPORTJohnson County appeared to have Sullivan East lulled into a coma after the Lady Pats failed to score over the first three minutes in the opening round of the District 1-AA Tournament on Thursday. It was a timeout taken by the Lady Longhorns that proved to be lights out for them just moments later.
The second seeded Patriots destroyed Johnson County 85-32 in a contest that was as ugly as the final score. It also defined the season as a whole for first year head coach Thomas Wampler and his squad.
There was one highlight in the game for Johnson County.
They led 4-2 in the early going thanks to baskets by Destiny Cole and Kelsey Duperry. But the dam broke and floodgates opened from that point.
Brandy Watkins tossed in a trey for the Pats and Kara Stafford would reel off seven consecutive points including a three-point play late in the quarter. That triggered an 11-0 run at one stretch and Sullivan East led 20-8 after the first quarter. The lead just kept mounting from there.
An avalanche of points by the Pats would quickly turn into a 44-15 halftime advantage. Kelsie Terrill had two of Johnson Countys three field goals but turnovers factored heavily.
The Horns threw it away five consecutive times at one point and had 10 turnovers total in the period. They ended the first half with 16 total.
I dont mean this in a nasty way, but they were sneaky, said Lady Longhorns head coach Thomas Wampler. They were hacking us to death on their press and they were being sneaky about it so the refs are not going to call it. But all credit to them, because thats one of those things that is frustrating for a coach. You stand there seeing it happen and feel bad for your girls, but we didnt have a desire to play together for a long stretch in the game either.
East (24-8) didnt miss a beat in the third quarter and Johnson Countys scoring output got worse.
They found themselves behind 72-18 going into the final quarter after being outgunned 24-3.
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