By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The lopsided losses continue to pile up for the Lady Longhorns. Unicoi County’s 71-38 win on Friday in Ray Shoun Gymnasium deflated thoughts of getting a victory over the Blue Devils after a close encounter in the previous meeting at the Devil’s Den.
Johnson County trailed 41-40 with a minute remaining in that contest. This time the game was over after the first quarter.
“Hats off to Unicoi,” said Johnson County’s head coach Thomas Wampler. “They hit everything they shot. It didn’t matter if we contested shots or had a hand in their face. They made them. Plus we failed to pick them up at times on defense. They just played a much better game this time than last.”
It didn’t help that Johnson County’s leading scorer, Michala Cretsinger, was trying to play with the flu and guard Destiny Cole didn’t suit up with the same symptoms.
Johnson County got six points from Courtney Brooks in the opening quarter and trailed by only five at 14-9 with 2.49 remaining. Cretsinger went to the bench and Unicoi closed the frame on a 9-0 run.
They Horns never recovered from the blow.
“When you play teams like Unicoi, and the other top three (Sullivan East, Elizabethton, Happy Valley) there is less margin for error,” added Wampler. “The mistakes and mental errors you make get magnified so much. Those teams are better equipped to take advantage of them.”
The Brooks twins (Brittney and Courtney) tried to keep Johnson County within striking distance during the second quarter, scoring five and four points respectively but to no avail.
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