It was a mixed bag on Stoney Creek for the Rangers on Tuesday night. The Lady Rangers rolled to victory, while the Rangers were unable to hold off a late Longhorn charge.
Longhorns Vanquish Rangers 74-59
Some teams save their best for last but Johnson County displayed theirs in the third quarter against Unaka. The Longhorns erased a 33-26 halftime deficit by outscoring the Rangers 31-12 en route to their 74-59 win inside of Snavely Gymnasium.
Sophomore guard Bud Icenhour played lights out all night long. The sophomore guard rang up 29 points which included seven treys. Five of those came in the first half that allowed the Longhorns to stay in the game.
His two treys and five points by Jose Guzman helped the Horns take a 42-38 lead early in the third quarter. Unaka’s last lead came on a three-ball by Kyler Lewis prior to the duo’s heroics that had put his team up 38-35.
Johnson County shot 6-of-8 from behind the three point line in the third quarter. Blake Atwood’s trey capped off a 12-2 run that ended the third period.
Johnson County led 57-45 after three.
The Longhorns hit 8-of-11 free throws down the stretch to spoil any thoughts of a Ranger’s comeback.
Guzman ended the night with 15 points. Brandon Vannoy tallied nine points by grabbed a whooping 17 rebounds.
Joe Searfoss led the Rangers with 19. Colton Chambers added 18 points with a dozen of those coming from the charity stripe. Lewis chipped in with 15.
Lady Rangers race past Longhorns 84-50
Johnson County’s upset bid was quickly put to rest by the Tipton sisters. Senior point guard Hannah Tipton provided 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists leading the Lady Rangers to an impressive 84-50 win inside of Snavely Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Sophomore sister Sarah added nine points and freshman Savannah provided seven. They ended the game with a combined 36 points, 19 rebounds seven assists and six steals.
The Lady Rangers led 19-7 after one thanks in part to six points scored by Kaitlyn Weaver.
Hannah’s 11 points and five more by Kaitlyn Burrow increased their halftime advantage at 43-27.
Head coach Kenneth Chambers substituted freely throughout the second half. A dozen Lady Rangers scored in the game.
Weaver ended the night with 11 points. Burrow had 10 and Wright contributed nine points and eight rebounds.
Michala Cretsinger matched Tipton’s output for game high honors with 20 points. She also added seven rebounds. Kelsie Terrill ended the game eight points.