Rangers split last pair before regionals

By Galen Shelton

By Galen Shelton

Planet Sports

bethashelton@yahoo.com

Joppa’s Rangers split their last two games of the year whipping Agape Academy from Marion and dropping a tough one to Johnston City on Senior Night.

In the Agape win, 12 of Joppa’s 13 roster players scored as the Rangers cruised to a 67-42 win.

In the win over the Knights, Hunter Johnson led the way with 21 points, with Kaleb Cox and Thomas Kendall adding 14 and 10 respectively.

The Johnston City game was a hard fought heart breaker as the Indians took a 75-73 victory over the Rangers. Joppa trailed most of the first half by anywhere from six to eight points. But a serious third quarter push from Johnson and Kendall got Joppa back within one as the final eight minutes began.

Joppa claimed a four point lead in the final stanza and appeared to be on the verge of the win but a couple of costly turnovers in the last minute and a personal 7 point run by Johnston City’s Selby put J.C. up by two with 8 seconds to go.

Even at that, Joppa was OK with the ball out of bounds on their own baseline with eight ticks on the clock.

But Joppa’s inbounds pass sailed into the stands and that ultimately sealed the deal. Senior Johnson was a one man wrecking crew down the stretch pouring in 24 points, of which 17 came in the second half. Cox had 17 for the game and Kendall added 18. Selby and Thompson had 22 each for Johnston City.

The Rangers ended regular season play with a record of 17-10 and play Monday night at Elizabethtown in the Hardin County regional against the host school Hardin County.