The Johnson University Lady Royals hosted the Toccoa Falls Lady Eagles in a recent basketball game and the Royals dominated with a 72-37 win.
Johnson shot lights out especially in the first half taking advantage of a weaker Eagle defense while at the same time displaying a tenacious defense themselves.
Johnson jumped out to a quick start and led 27-9 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Royals defense was perfect shutting out Toccoa while scoring 19 unanswered points. Johnson led 46-9 at halftime.
The Eagles made a mini run in the third scoring 10 points but the Royals added 17 more before letting off the steam in the fourth with the Eagles taking that quarter 16-11. Johnson’s largest lead was in the third quarter when they led by 42.
“Big win! Against Toccoa Falls, we came out and shot the ball extremely well early,” said Johnson head coach Amy James. “We commanded a large lead and that held throughout the second half. Toccoa came out with a run to start the third quarter, however, I felt we sustained and kept to our game plan, which led to the 72-37 win. I was pleased with our effort on the boards -rebounding, we are small but out rebounded them. All seven of our players scored and played big minutes.
Wins are tough with our schedule. What people outside of Johnson do not understand is our conference, Mid West Conference, has four teams, two of which are in Michigan. We do not play each team due to travel expense. In order to fill a schedule, we play 20 plus games against NAIA, D1 NCCAA and established NCAA D3 schools. Our schedule in terms of tough – compares to none. Our team has been in every game and competed til the end. I am very proud of these young ladies on and off the basketball court.”
The Royals shot 36% from the field and 50% (8 of 16) from the perimeter. They were 10 of 15 from the stripe.
Johnson was led in scoring by Lori St. John with 27 followed by Taylor Thurman with 20 and Hailie Hatcher with 12. St. John also led in rebounding with nine.