CHURCH HILL — Postseason high school football and early-season prep basketball share space on the calendar every November.
Playoff football obviously has a greater sense of urgency, but the opening week of basketball usually features action every bit as rugged as anything that happens on the gridiron.
Johnson County and Volunteer locked up on Tuesday night to work some of the kinks out, and the two schools wound up splitting a pair of varsity basketball games.
On the boys’ side, the Longhorns outlasted the Falcons 51-41 in the nightcap after Volunteer’s girls pulled away to a 56-41 victory in the opening game.
Volunteer’s boys fell victim to a slow start that coach Chris Brown attributed to too many turnovers and not enough pressure on the defensive end of the floor. The Falcons trailed 15-4 after one quarter and struggled all night just to get back into the game.
The teams combined to commit 40 turnovers — a number that included four by the Longhorns in the final few minutes as they tried to close out the game.
Chase Phillips led Johnson County (1-2) with a game-high 22 points and JR Speed added 14. Kirk Phillips paced Volunteer (1-4) with 15 points and David McFarland added 13.
In the girls’ contest, Savannah Felgemacher posted her fifth double-double of the young season to lead the Lady Falcons (5-1) to victory. Felgemacher posted 18 points and pulled down 13 boards.
Sarah Swift led Johnson County (0-3) with 18 points.
For complete coverage of the game, pick up a copy of the Nov. 21 Times-News.