Longhorns discard Bulldogs

By Chad Booth
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   MOUNTAIN CITY -- Hampton was upset Friday night as it traveled to Johnson County to face the Longhorns, who registered a 65-58 win at Ray Shoun Gym.
   Hampton was first to strike, scoring a quick two off the tip off, but the 'Dogs soon found themselves trailing as Johnson County surged ahead to lead at the end of the first quarter. 
   "We really worked on our defense and strived for a defensive game," said Johnson County's Matt Cornett, who bombed the nets for a game-high 32 points. "We knew we couldn't afford to lose."
   Zack Ensor charged his team up with a 3-pointer in the second, bringing Hampton battling back to tie the game with 1:14 to go in the half. The 'Dogs took a 33-30 lead to the locker room.
   Johnson County returned from the half strong, recapturing the lead behind a scoring drive started by Judd Shoun's 3-pointer to open the half.
   Cornett charged the home crowd with 1:25 left in the third by finishing a slam in spite of being fouled. Johnson County led 46-40 at the end of the third.
   With 5:30 left in the game, Johnson County took a 13-point lead, its biggest of the night.
   Hampton was able to stay in the game by pumping the ball into Ryan Deskins on the baseline where he consistently beat the defender for the score.
   Deskins had a team-leading 24 points on the night.
   Hampton put together a rally but was unable to put enough points on the board before time ran out with the final score 65-58.
   "We executed on every play," said 'Horns assistant coach Ryan Arnold. "This win is huge...it really helped us out in the conference."
   Judd Shoun added 14 points to the Johnson County win. Ensor finished with 10 for the 'Dogs.
   Lady Bulldogs 57
   Lady Longhorns 48
   Hampton traveled to Johnson County Friday night to do battle with the Longhorns.
   In a game plagued with turnovers by both teams, the girls of Johnson City led at halftime 27-24 but came back from the break cold, making it sluggish getting up and down the floor.
   Hampton capitalized by keeping fresh bodies on the floor and pushing the tempo of the game to keep the Longhorns on their heels. 
   By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs had pushed ahead 38-32.
   Johnson County tried to rush to gain back the lost ground at the start of the fourth, which resulted in more turnovers.
   However, led by Andrea McQueen, who had six 3-pointers on the night, the Lady Longhorns were able to put together a scoring drive to get them back into the game.
   It was a case of too little, too late though as Hampton pulled away to win the game.
   Kari and Jodie Stout led the way for the Lady 'Dogs, pitching in 15 and 13 points, respectively. Alison Pierce scored in double digits with 10.
   McQueen tallied 23 for the Lady 'Horns.