Bryson Johnson

Huntland's Bryson Johnson drives toward the basket during a game Thursday against Whitwell High School. Johnson scored 18 points in the 70-44 win.

The Huntland High School Hornets beat the Whitwell Tigers 70-44 at home Thursday for their eighth win of the season.

The Hornets dominated the first half of the contest and cruised through the second half to close out their regular season with a victory.

The Hornets ended the opening period on an 11-2 run to create some early separation on the scoreboard. Bryson Johnson scored 11 of Huntland’s 21 points in the quarter.

They led 21-13 after one quarter.

The second quarter would be the best of the day for the Hornets on both offense and defense as they outscored Whitwell 24-6 to more than double their advantage.

They led 45-19 at halftime.

The Hornets began to cycle their backups into the game midway through the third quarter as they maintained a steady lead.

They led 55-32 going into the final period.

The Hornets never let the lead shrink below 16 points for the entire fourth quarter as they went on to win by 26. Noah Thompson scored 10 of Huntland’s 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Johnson led the Hornets with 18 points for the game, followed by Thompson with 13 points and Colton Ray with 12.

Eli Stevenson scored seven points, JT Jackson and Will Jolley scored five points each, Braylen Phillips and Micah Millraney scored four points each, and Dylan Schultz scored two points.

With the win, the Hornets improved to 8-18 on the season.

They will next play Tuesday at home against Cascade High School in a quarterfinal game for their district tournament. A time for the game had not been announced at the time of writing.