The Lady Longhorns are still having a little trouble pulling together a consistent game against a tough opponent this season as was evident from the team’s latest matchup at Hampton Friday. Having played a solid couple of quarters against the Lady Bulldogs that was only five points apart at the half, the whole game shifted dramatically at the beginning of the third as Johnson County dug a hole they simply couldn’t work their way out of.
“We were down five and we wanted to come out in the first three minutes and make a statement in the second half,” said head coach Todd Whittemore. “It was a decent first half, but then in the third quarter we only scored seven points. We came out and missed a point blank shot, and instead of going up strong we give up a one-foot shot by passing out to a six-foot shot. Then we fouled twice and gave up the offensive rebound. Before I called my first time out they went up a seven-to-one run at the start.”
The Lady Longhorns held their own through most of the game but never had it easy. Hampton got off to an early four-point lead with two consecutive baskets, but Johnson County’s two seniors, Brooke Brown and Brionna Reece, were able to put three buckets to close out the first 6-14. The whole team displayed a strong effort in the second, with Mary Taylor and Amanda Potter adding several free throws into the mix. With the defense working hard to hold the Lady Bulldogs back, Johnson County eventually cut the lead down to 17-22 at the half with the last basket coming from a buzzer buster by Brooke Brown. More...
Nearly 20 points in three minutes for Hampton spells disaster for Horns
Although they battled back from incredible odds, the Johnson County Longhorns couldn’t close the gap that opened up during the second quarter of last Friday’s game against local rivals, the Hampton Bulldogs. In a single three-minute span before the half the Bulldogs managed to jump nearly 20 points ahead thanks to a combination of accurate three-pointers and free throws from Johnson County’s own foul trouble. Proving that one bad run can mean the difference in a game, even though the Longhorns did fight valiantly all the way through the third and most of the fourth, it ultimately just added to the bitterness of the final defeat.
“We can’t dig a hole like that,” said Head Coach Austin Atwood. “We didn’t come out ready to play. We didn’t play with much passion, but that’s what makes it so bad when you see us battle back like that. We can’t battle back, we have to play that way the whole time. We don’t have the depth on this team to come back from 16-18 points down. We didn’t get our defensive rotations down, we were in foul trouble, trying to get some kids some rest. Personnel wise we just didn’t do a good job getting players in when we needed to.”
The game actually started off evenly matched with Chase Phillips getting the first basket of the night on a long shot from center court. Hampton quickly came back with a bucket and a couple of free throws, but thanks to efforts from senior Brian Dempsey and a surprisingly good offensive showing by Cody Bailie, Johnson County remained neck and neck throughout the period, even taking back the lead 10-9, only to close out behind 12-15. More...