Lady 'Horns defeat HHS

from staff reports

   The Lady Longhorns cut loose at the plate during the last two innings of play to grab a 17-7 softball victory over Hampton on Tuesday after trailing by one run through the first four innings.
   Hampton acquired a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the third frame, but Johnson County struck back in the fifth and sixth frames to score eleven runs for the victory.
   "I was a little worried at first. We have been sluggish coming in with playing just one game, and we were concerned with our hitting and defense," said Johnson County coach Dana Smith.
   Katie Nelson went three for four at bat for the Longhorns, and both Amanda Dowell and Avery Long were two for four at the plate.
   Johnson County had a team total of 12 hits on the evening as Hampton was restricted to just one, coming from Heather Chambers.
   Laura Peters was the winning pitcher for the Longhorns, while Chambers was credited with a loss for the 'Dogs.
   "After we calmed down and the defense pulled up and did their job, then we relaxed in the box and started hitting with everybody pitching in," said Smith.