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Vikings victorious over Lady ‘Horns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Things haven’t gone well for the Lady Longhorns after opening the season with a pair of wins. They dropped their fourth straight game, this time to Avery County 60-37 inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Monday.
Poor shooting plagued Johnson County in the early going. They hit only 2-of-10 shots in the first quarter and missed six straight at one point during the second frame.
Lady Longhorns’ head coach Thomas Wampler gave his assessment on the contest.
“I don’t think the score was indicative as to how that game was played,” said Wampler. “We simply couldn’t hit shots. We played with them the entire game but we couldn’t get any shots to fall.”

Johnson County didn’t score until Michala Cretsinger sank a jumper at the 4:30 mark in the first quarter. They tied the game at 5-5 on a basket by Courtney Brooks two possessions later.
Avery County went on a 7-1 run from there, getting baskets from Heaven Nelson, Kesha Garland and Jessica Hoilman over the final three minutes.
Avery County led 12-5 after one.
The Lady Vikings continued to pad their lead during the second period. Nelson launched a three and Hoilman tallied two more that upped the margin to double digits.
Johnson County’s Kelsey Duperry worked the paint for two buckets trying to keep the game close but a three-ball by Courtney Brooks would be their only other field goal in addition to the one scored by Kelsie Terrill to start the quarter.
Avery County remained in front 28-16 at the half.
The Vikings used a fast start in the third quarter to blow the game open.  Hoilman and Nelson opened with a pair of deuces and freshman McKenzie Franklin bagged a couple of baskets on the inside.
Cretsinger did her part to keep things close, scoring five. She and Terrill had a trey apiece but the Horns were outscored 23-10 and trailed 49-26 going into the final frame.

Both teams substituted freely in the fourth quarter with the Lady Longhorns getting outscored 14-10.
Brooks led the Longhorns with 12 points. Cretsinger and Duperry added eight points and six rebounds each. Destiny Cole grabbed a team high eight rebounds.
Hoilman, Nelson and Ashley Shingleton had 11 points each to place the Vikings. Avery County was a plus 16 in the rebounding department.
“They hurt us on the boards but ideally it was us not boxing out more than anything,” added Wampler. “You never want to see your two point guards lead the team in rebounding. That’s a testament to toughness and intensity.  They’re not afraid to stick their nose in there and get dirty.”
Avery County, N.C. (60)
Hoilman 11, Nelson 11, Shingleton 11, Garland 6, Daniels 5, McIntosh 4, Goff 6, Ward 2, Franklin 4

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