By Tim Chambers
ELIZABETHTON—Oh, what a difference one year makes. Instead of chasing a District championship, Johnson County fell to the bottom in the Three Rivers Conference race after falling to Happy Valley 64-44, who on Friday night inside of Charlie Bayless Gymnasium. Happy Valley moved one game ahead of the Longhorns in the conference race, and both are trying to avoid a tough first-round District game.
The Longhorns got behind the eightball from the start falling behind 13-7 after the first quarter. Their offense continued to sputter in the second quarter as they were outscored 19-13 in the second quarter and were trailing 32-20 at the half after two late free throws by Will Tittle and a jumper from Dylan Willis. The Horns finally got its offense going in the third quarter scoring 17 points, but their defense couldn’t stop the Warriors who tallied 22.
Happy Valley upped their lead to 54-37 after three. The Warriors increased their lead to 30 in the fourth quarter as a long three by Willis put them in front 59-39 with 3:p4 remaining in the game. The Warriors were never challenged from there or at any point in the game by the beaten-down Longhorns.
Lucas Phillips led the Longhorns with 13 points while Zack Parsons came off the bench to contribute 10 points and eight rebounds. Willis blistered the nets for 21 points to lead the Warriors that included his shooting 8-of-9 from the foul line and hitting some key treys that broke the game open. Will Tittle added 13 points to the cause.
JOHNSON CO. (44)
Phillips 13, Parsons 10, Oxentine 6, Cross 6, Greer 3, Gentry 1, Walker 2, Ward 3.
HAPPY VALLEY (64)
Willis 21, Tittle 13, Young 10, Roberts 7, Babb 8, Lunceford 2.
JCHS 7 13 17 7 –44
HVHS 13 19 22 0 –64
3-POINT SHOTS: JC 2 (Ward, Phillips, HV 6 (Wills 3, Tittle 2, Clawson)
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