'Horns blank Betsy in district tourney

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  MOUNTAIN CITY -- It may not happen this year but Ryann Tillman and the Johnson County Lady Longhorns are ready to make a name for themselves on the statewide volleyball level.
  The Lady 'Horns will continue play in the District 1-A/AA tournament at Shoun Gymnasium tonight at 7 against Sullivan North after a three-game victory against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones, 25-8, 25-10 and 25-11.
  "They did okay," said Johnson County coach Michele Cooke. "We had a few moments that would beat us tomorrow night."
  "I'm pleased with them, but they are better whey they pull it together," she continued. "We can beat anybody when we play our best. I'm confident we can do it tomorrow."
  Tillman led the Lady 'Horn charge with 13 kills and six digs in the contest.
  Johnson County also had a big outing from Alysa Billings who had 21 assists and Laura Peters who tallied five kills and seven digs in the games.
  Sarah Wright came up with nine kills, while Katie Nelson contributed nine digs for the Lady 'Horns.
  For Elizabethton, Ashley Cline, Amanda Ward and Holly Livingston each had two aces, while Cline, Ward and Katrina Moore each added four kills.
  Michaela Pietrowski tallied nine kills to lead the Lady Cyclones, who ended their season with the loss.
  "When you draw the home team, it puts you up against the wall to start with," said Elizabethton coach Leslee Bradley. "We didn't give our best effort tonight and Johnson County is a part of that."
  "They would get on a roll and wouldn't mess up," she said. "We weren't able to break it up."
  It was the last match for senior Arielle Warner, who finishes her third year of play, and Sharalyn Schmidt, who completed her second season in a Cyclone uniform.
  "We didn't have much experience at the beginning of the year," added Bradley. "We gained expirience as the year went on."
  Johnson County took off with Wright at serve in the first game, with 12 straight points to take the opening lead.
  Tillman and company were simply dominant late, and it continued into the second set with four more straight points to open things up.
  Cline got the Lady Cyclones out of the hole, but Johnson County went on streaks of six, two, seven, four and two points, with a good kill by Peters, to complete the second game.
  Johnson County got off to a 19-5 lead early in the final game before Elizabethton rallied towards the end. However, it wasn't enough to keep their season alive.