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Sullivan East powers past Lady Longhorns 80-45

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County’s hopes of knocking off second place Sullivan East were quickly erased in the blink of an eye. The ‘Pats built a 32-11 first quarter lead then cruised to an 80-45 win on Tuesday at Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
The Lady Longhorns never led in the game but were tied 2-2 on Kelsey Duperry’s basket. They did keep it interesting for a little while.
Kara Stafford, Megan Addison and Brandy Watkins had given the Lady Patriots a 14-4 lead with a trio of baskets but it was cut in half by Michala Cretsinger’s three-ball at the 5:00 mark.
The Longhorns only got within double digits one last time. Kelsie Terrill’s basket made it 18-9 with 2:59 remaining but the roof would cave in from there.
Stafford and Addison combined for 10 points and Alyssa Hare provided a three that led to their 14-0 run and a 32-9 advantage.
Duperry scored the final basket in the quarter for Johnson County but it only slowed the ‘Pats down for a brief moment.
They scored the first eight points in the second quarter to take a commanding 29-11 advantage. A nifty runner with the left hand by Courtney Brooks and Cretsinger’s second trey got it back to 43-20.
East was able to take a 49-23 halftime lead and had played nearly everyone in uniform.
The starters would return to the floor in the third quarter and so would a barrage of points.
Stafford cut loose for seven points and Hare added a quick five. Their lead had ballooned to 71-28 after Megan Ollis’ basket with 1:20 remaining in the third. They led 75-31 entering the final frame.
Both teams would flood the floor with reserves in the final quarter where the continuous clock rule would be in effect.
Crestsinger led Johnson County with 14 points. Courtney Brooks was the only other Longhorn to reach double figures with 11.
“They are a very good team that plays well defensively,” said Cretsinger. “We turned it over too many times and we didn’t shoot the ball very well either.”
East had five players in double figures. Stafford and Addison led the way with 19 and 14 points respectively. Watkins provided 12. Kassidy Nelson and Hare tallied 10 each.

​Junior Varsity Game​
Sullivan East 80
Johnson County 38
The news wasn’t good in the junior varsity game either. The Lady Patriots scored early and often and led 38-16 at the half.  They outscored Johnson County 25-6 in the final quarter after the Longhorns had played them even in the third.

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