By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
There was “Peace in the Valley” on Tuesday night inside Ray Shoun Gymnasium but it belonged to the Lady Warriors and not Johnson County. Happy Valley sprinted to a 20-7 first quarter lead and never looked back, winning 74-45 over Lady Longhorns.
It was an impressive performance by Larry Abel’s Lady Warriors who saw eight different players score during the first quarter.
Johnson County began to chip away at the deficit in the second quarter, getting two baskets by Courtney Brooks and a three-point play from Michala Cretsinger.
Katlin Roberts and Emily Whittaker had the hot hand for Happy Valley scoring five points apiece but none could top the red hot shooting by Cretsinger.
The Longhorns’ senior point guard needed 15 points going into the game to reach 1000 and scored her 15th with 1:12 remaining in half on a free throw.
Happy Valley stretched the lead back to 12 but Destiny Cole’s 30-footer at the buzzer got Johnson County within nine, 37-28.
“We never could seem to get into any type of rhythm,” said JCHS’ head coach Thomas Wampler. “They probably had something to do with that because they are very talented. I was disappointed because I know we can play better than what we did, especially in the second half.”
The third quarter was all Happy Valley after the first two minutes had elapsed.
The Warriors had upped their lead to a baker’s dozen, but a three-ball by Cretsinger cut it to 41-33 at the 6:01 mark.
That’s when the roof caved in for the Lady Horns.
Happy Valley closed the quarter on a 16-6 run, extending their advantage to 57-39 after three. And they added to that run during the fourth quarter. The lead grew to 63-39 before the Horns could end the massive run with a field goal.
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