‘Landers Run Past Johnson County

Carter County Sports

Cloudland had the last run on Monday night.

The ‘Landers used a 20-point run to end the game and take a 58-50 victory over Johnson County inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium.


The girls’ game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Lady Longhorns.

It was a game of runs from the onset.

After Johnson County opened the scoring, Caleb Sluder scored six straight points for the ‘Landers, but the Longhorns counted with a 10-2 run to take the lead. Johnson County held a 12-10 lead after one complete quarter.

In the second quarter, the ‘Landers reeled off the first five points of the frame after Elijah Blair converted an old-fashioned and-one to take the lead.

CHS pushed the lead to five points, but the Longhorns answered with a 9-0 run to end the half to take a 24-20 advantage into the locker room.

Johnson County found a groove in the third quarter as the Longhorns held Cloudland to just nine points in the frame.

That allowed the Longhorns to take a 42-29 lead into the final quarter.

The teams traded shots over the opening minutes of the fourth as Johnson County maintained a 50-38 lead.

Cloudland, however, rallied back in a big way. Bentley Gilbert and Sluder hit a pair of 3-pointers back-to-back, and Gilbert added another bucket to close the game to four points with just under three minutes to play.

Blair and Gilbert came up big in the closing minutes to power Cloudland past the Longhorns, while the ‘Lander defense didn’t give up an easy look to secure the win.

Gilbert had 23 points to lead Cloudland – including the final six Cloudland points. Sluder finished with 14 points, while Victor Hicks added 11 points.

Blair scored eight points.

Jackson Earnhart had 17 points to lead Johnson County, while Clayton Cross had 10 points.

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