'Horns rope Unaka in freshman play


Photo by John Bryant
Johnson County's Brian Dollar tries to thwart Cody Smith of Unaka.
 
  
  For Johnson County movie lovers, Back to the Future (part IV) is now showing with the Longhorn freshman basketball team in the staring role.
  Riding a 33-point, second-half performance and a well-balanced scoring attack, Johnson County knocked off Unaka 52-30 in freshman basketball action Tuesday night at Snavely Gymnasium.
  "I thought our execution on offense tonight was very good," said Longhorn head coach David Arnold. "Although we missed a few layups, we were getting some good looks at the basket."
  Johnson County opened up a 7-2 lead on baskets from Joe Greer, Tyler Leonard and Austin Paisley. Cody Smith had the only bucket in the quarter for the Rangers until Hunter Taylor tickled the twine from deep at the buzzer, cutting the lead to 7-5 after one.
  The Longhorns heated up in second quarter by going on a 10-0 run to take a 19-7 advantage. Paisley drilled a jumper followed by two power moves and buckets from Tim Dugger.
  Greer added a layin followed by Luke Arnold's kiss of the glass before Unaka would hit the mark in the period. Nick Colbaugh gave the Rangers some solid play with two buckets in the paint that cut the margin at 19-9.
  Unaka got its second buzzer-beater on a long trey by Jesse Smith that carved the deficit to 19-12 at the half.
  The Longhorns opened the third with a bang as Leonard connected on a jumper while Paisley rang up a deuce. The lead extended at 27-12 until Jake Oliver's jumper at the 3:45 mark gave Unaka its first points of the period.
  After a Greer no-look turnaround, Unaka fought back as Taylor nailed a jumper, as did Bryant. Collins that cut the lead to 31-18 at the 50-second mark. Another three from Jesse Smith cut the lead at 10, but Devon Shaw was there to answer with a layup.
  Collins dazzled the crowd with Unaka's with another trey at the buzzer, which resulted in a four-point play, pulling Unaka within 33-25 to start the fourth quarter.
   The fourth period was sweet string music for the Longhorns. Playing to the Eagles tune of "Life in the Fast Lane," the Steers left Unaka like "Dust in the wind."
  A 14-0 run helped Johnson County outscore the Rangers 19-5 in the final period.
  Greer led the Longhorns with 13 followed by Leonard and Paisley with 11 and 10, respectively. Dugger and Shaw chipped in with eight each.
  Taylor with seven and Jesse Smith six led Unaka while Collins and Colbaugh added five each.
  While Arnold's no Marty McFly, he knows the future looks good down the road for Johnson County.
  "I love what these kids bring to the table and their work ethics," added Arnold. "This is a good group of boys who want to be the best. I was well pleased with the effort everyone displayed tonight.
  "We had our two best players in foul trouble but other kids stepped up. It was a total team effort."