By Tim Chambers
A young and inexperienced Johnson County squad had every reason to throw in the towel against the state’s No. 9 ranked team in Class A on Monday.
Instead the Lady Longhorns played their hearts out for a half, but watched talent take over in a 59-42 loss to Cloudland inside of Sonny Smith Gymnasium.
It’s been a tough go for the Lady Longhorns, who were counting on four returning starters but are now down to one. They opened the game with three sophomores, a freshman and senior Brooke Brown in the starting lineup — and eight players total.
Their lack of depth wasn’t a factor in the first quarter.
Brown’s nine points and four apiece from Kelsey Duperry and Kourtney Tolley staked JCHS to an 18-14 lead after one. But the Highlanders outscored them 11-0 in the second stanza to build a 25-18 advantage at the half.