By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson Countys smooth ride for nearly four quarters ended with the tires going flat in the overtime period. Happy Valley made several clutch shots down the stretch to claim a 49-42 overtime win.
The Longhorns were holding a five-point lead with 2:47 remaining in regulation but took a few ill-advised shots that allowed HV to pull even. The Warriors outscored them 10-3 in the overtime period to claim a seven-point victory.
It was the little things we didnt do down the stretch tonight that hurt us, said Johnson Countys head coach Lisa Arnold. We took some quick shots at the end when we were wanting to hold the basketball. Were a fast-break team, but in that case you want to take good shots and we didnt. Plus we didnt shoot free throws well either. I thought Happy Valley did a good job defensively applying pressure on us. We lost our poise at the end.
The Horns threatened to blow the game open during the first quarter.
Six points by Troy Arnold including a four-point play helped them spring out to a 10-4 advantage. Zach Eller got things off to a good start, scoring four points. Gavin Reece and Jayden Joiner helped close the quarter with a deuce and three-ball extending the margin to 11 at 15-4.
Happy Valley got back in the game during the second stanza after holding the Horns to a half dozen. Noah Stevens swished a three-ball followed by a pair of buckets from Dakota Cochran.
Lane Kytes trey at the buzzer cut the deficit to five at 21-16.
Johnson County would manage to push it back to nine getting two trifectas by Eller and another one from Joiner in the third.
But that quickly faded when Happy Valley tied the game at 32 all on a jumper by Bryce Carter with 3:09 remaining that triggered a 9 to 0 run.
The Longhorns were up by three late but Kytes three-ball tied the game with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Longhorns missed a 15-foot shot at the buzzer sending the game into overtime.
Stevens hit another trey in the extra period that put Happy Valley in front to stay.
Seven of their 10 points scored in overtime came from the charity stripe.
They made them and we didnt, added Arnold about free throws. That and holding the ball is something weve got to work on.
Free throws and turnovers proved to be the difference down the stretch.
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