The Lady Longhorns had another rough week, playing two conference matches and a weekend tournament at Patrick Henry High School that saw a couple of strong wins but also several big losses. The week kicked off against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots, who ended up breezing through two of three game wins but found themselves fighting to hold on in a third.
With Johnson County finding a second wind in their sails, the Lady Longhorns battled back to take the game into extra points, finally coming up just shy of the victory 25-27. Even so, the close matchup was good experience for a team that has faced numerous challenges this year.
We just need to make big plays in close situations and we havent been doing that, said Head Coach Donna Poteet. Just when we need that serve or that spike we havent been able to get it. Consistency has been our Achilles heel for the most part this season. We usually have one really close, really good game and havent been able to close it out.
Returning home on Thursday to face Sullivan North, Johnson County was looking a little stronger and actually led the way in two of the three games before ultimately hitting a bad streak both times. The second game of the match in particular was a tight race that saw the Lady Longhorns stay with North up to the 12-12 mark. From there the Lady Raiders were once again able to take the upper hand and led the way down to the 25 point finish with Johnson County still in the teens.
We lost the Sullivan North match, but I thought the girls played really well, Poteet said about the effort. They moved really well and worked together even though we had trouble scoring points. Half of the varsity team is juniors, with this being their first year playing varsity and our seniors arent returning with much experience. I think once we get it done in a game it will carry over to the rest.
Johnson Countys performance continued to improve as they made their way to Glade Spring Virginia Saturday for four matches of tournament play. Beating both Hancock County and the Holston Lady Cavaliers, the Lady Longhorns got a much-needed boost of confidence, especially considering how close the Holston match ended up being.
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