By Tim Chambers
A derailed Johnson County squad was trying to get back on track against Sullivan North in a must-win game on Tuesday. They did so in “Tweetsie-like” fashion.
Bud Icenhour’s 23 points sparked the Longhorns to a 60-47 win inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. It was only their third league win of the season, the second one over the Golden Raiders.
“We’ve had lulls in our game all year long and lots of times we couldn’t get out of it,” said Johnson County’s head coach Austin Atwood. “We’ve been able to do that for the past two games against Abingdon and North. Tonight we took good shots down the stretch and did what we needed to do to win. Plus we kept them off the board and I thought that was a key too.”
The rebounding edge was definitely a key in the first half. Johnson County collected 17 to North’s four.
The Horns held a 29-12 advantage with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter only to watch North battle back to get it under single digits.
Bud Icenhour did his fair share to factor prevent that from happening. He hit four treys en route to 16 points first half points. Nathan Arnold had a three-point play in the first quarter and Blake Atwood added one from long distance.
The Longhorns led 18-10 after one on a buzzer-beating three-ball from Dawson Snyder. Icenhour duplicated that feat by hitting a long trey at the buzzer when the half ended.
Johnson County’s lead was 34-23 at intermission.
North stayed in the game behind the solid play of Tyler Arnold. He ended the first half with 11 points and scored a game high 25.
He duplicated his first half output by scoring 11 in the third quarter including two treys.
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