Jones keys 'Landers  to victory over JCHS

By Michelle Pope
STAR Staff

   MOUNTAIN CITY--Cody Jones was the man with the hot hand on Thursday night for the Cloudland Highlanders.
   The Highlanders took a 13-8 lead in the first quarter, and kept pumping in treys from Jones to beat the Johnson County Longhorns 58-46.
   While Gary Evans and Judd Shoun started the three-point war in the first frame with one each, Jones played along, sinking five from behind the arch on his way to a 17-point first half.
   "We were going to throw it inside, but they did a good job guarding Robbie (Tolley), so Cody just stepped up tonight and made some good shots," said Cloudland coach Ned Smith.
   Jon Stout pulled the Longhorns through the second quarter, scoring eight points, but Jones' threes were hard to battle against. Aaron Stocton added five points for the Highlanders in the second to help them pull ahead by a score of 35-18 by the half.
   "We had a terrible first half," said Longhorn coach Austin Atwood. "The first half got us."
   In the third quarter, Johnson County redeemed themselves as Shoun scored eight points, and Evans added four. In the final quarter, Shoun scored five, Stout added four, Justin Genaille made a basket, and Evans scored a free throw to put the Longhorns within three points with 52 seconds to go.
   For Cloudland, Jones scored his sixth three-pointer, and Tolley put two baskets through the hoop from inside the paint.
   The Longhorns began forcing foul shots from the Cloudland crew to prevent them from running out the clock, but their plan backfired when the 'Landers went six for six in the final minute. Tolley added another basket from inside to finish the game for Cloudland.
   "We were trying to give ourselves a chance at the end," said Atwood. "We were just fouling the wrong people. We need to put in two good halves, instead of one decent one."
   Jones scored a game-high 22 points for Cloudland, while Tolley followed with 16 points. Shoun led Johnson County with 18, and Stout scored 14.