Sullivan South’s boys and girls had outstanding first quarters against Johnson County Thursday night. Ultimately, the Lady Rebels were able to hold off their Three Rivers Conference rivals 45-38 while the Longhorns rallied for a 59-40 win.
The victory secured at least a top-three spot for the Longhorns (19-9, 7-4). With the loss, Sullivan South (15-14, 5-6) dropped into a fourth-place tie with Elizabethton.
South and Johnson County wrap up Three Rivers play Saturday against one another, this time in Mountain City.
REBELS START HOT, BUT LONGHORNS ANSWER
The Rebels were able to build a 16-4 lead in the first six minutes. Luke Pollack scored eight of his team-high 11 points during the run.
From there, the Johnson County duo of Blake Atwood and Jordan Edes emerged. The Longhorns went on a 25-6 run to swing momentum, with Atwood scoring nine points and Edes eight in the pivotal stretch.
Atwood paced everyone with 26 points while Edes totaled 15.
“We weathered the storm,” said Johnson County head coach Austin Atwood. “We went to a zone; we had to stop that dribble penetration. They do a great job of penetration and drawing help, then kicking it. Their guys are athletic and can finish. I thought we did a good job of cutting the middle off.”
Near the midpoint of the third quarter, Johnson County built a double-digit lead that the visitors enjoyed the rest of the contest.
“We’ve been playing so well the last three weeks, and to come out and build that lead, I think (our players) thought ‘it’s over’ after the first quarter,” said South head coach Michael McMeans.
“We’re not capable of turning it off and back on.”
Sullivan South (19-9, 8-3) was up by 10, 22-12, after eight minutes. That margin proved to be enough despite a strong rally from the Lady Longhorns (5-18, 3-8).
Carissa Comsa led the winning team with 10 points while Meredith St. Clair, Alex Harris and Nicole Troutman all had seven points each.
Taylor Parsons and Sadie Stout both scored 10 points for Johnson County.
Stout hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, and Adrian Hall also made two treys en route to eight points.