By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County made it a basketball game for one quarter but Tennessee High made it a track meet the final three. The Lady Vikings sprinted to a 67-37 win after breaking open a close first quarter contest.
The Longhorns took a 7-4 early lead thanks to a three-ball by Brittney Brooks and a runner from Bella Miller but the Lady Vikings stormed back.
They scored the next seven points, four by Lexy Lett to take an 11-7 advantage and would add a couple more to go up by eight.
But a pair of baskets by Kaitlyn Nichols and Destiny Cole in the final minute would pull the Horns close at 17-13 going into the second quarter. At that point the Vikings broke it open.
Johnson Countys Kelsey Duperry went down with an injury early in the first quarter and couldnt return. Thats when the Vikings turned to their inside game.
They went to the foul line 13 times, making seven, and converted several baskets in the paint. The Longhorns didnt score a field goal until 18 seconds remaining in the half.
Several bad shots and five consecutive turnovers led to the Vikings going on a 16-1 run. They outscored Johnson County 29-5 in the frame and led 46-17 at the half.
The Lady Longhorns got a trio of treys by Brittany Brooks, Courtney Brooks and Cole in the third quarter to prevent further damage. The Vikings still managed to go plus four in the quarter and led 63-31 going into the fourth.
The Longhorns outscored Tennessee High 6-2 in the final frame with Cole getting five. But the fatal second quarter was way too much for the Horns to overcome.
Cole led the Longhorns with 13 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Brooks added eight points and six boards. Nichols provided six points and five rebounds.
Lett scored a game high 17 points for Tennessee High. Haylee Hatcher added 15 points to the cause.
Tennessee High 65
Johnson County 49
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