KNOXVILLE — On Tuesday, the Johnson Royals women’s basketball team had their third home game of the season against the Hiwassee Tigers in the Phillips-Welshimer Building Gymnasium.
Tipping-off at 6 p.m., the Tigers challenged the Royals with pressure, but the Royals still managed to keep control of the scoreboard.
With one minute left on the clock in the second quarter, the Royals had a 9 point lead with a score of 33-24.
The Royals were dominating the game at this time, and with 20 seconds left in the second quarter they made one final shot, leaving the score 35-25.
Entering into the third quarter, the Tigers were the first to get a point, making the score 35-27.
With six seconds left on the clock, the Royals put even more points on the scoreboard to end the third quarter with a score of 59-44.
Student spectators kept up the spirit of the team by chanting the ever-famous phrase: “Let’s go, Royals, let’s go!”
In the fourth quarter, the Royals came back into the game with the same motivation they had at the beginning, and they were the first to score a point.
With the team’s improved communication and successful shots, the Tigers struggled to catch up on the scoreboard.
In the last 18 seconds of the game, player 10, Caylee Carter, made a free throw, ending the game with a victory, 79-70.
In spite of the success, Coach Karnes told the team that there is still room for improvement for the next game.
“We will get better between now and the next game,” he said.
He also appreciated the team’s efforts and how well they responded to criticism throughout the game.
“I liked how everyone responded overall – when I told you to do something, you did it,” Karnes said.
The night was a learning experience for the team, and practice paid off in their victory against Hiwasssee.