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Maryville hands Ads first loss in 57-50 district tilt

Having to deal with a pair of ankle injuries on top of an angry Maryville team was too much for the previously unbeaten Farragut Admirals to handle.

The Rebels, coming off a heartbreaking 52-50 home loss to arch-rival Alcoa the day before, handed FHS its first loss, 57-50, in a big District 4-AAA tussle at MHS Saturday.

“We had our chances, but it just wasn’t our night,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said, as his Admirals drop to 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the district. “We made some runs, but we just missed some shots. We didn’t play very well at times.”

Senior guard Greg Gibson scored a team-high 20 points despite suffering a first-quarter ankle injury. On top of that, junior post Kyle Huckins twisted his ankle earlier in the day “during a pre-game shootaround,” Dodgen said. “I don’t think either is serious, but I may have to rest them a day or two to get them ready for Friday against South-Doyle (at FHS).”

Definitely affected by his injury, Huckins, a starter, went 0-of-5 from the field. “He had an awful time,” Dodgen said. “Usually he’ll give us eight to 10 points.”

As for Gibson, “he still played pretty well,” Dodgen said, “but we took him out in the fourth quarter. His ankle puffed up pretty bad.”

Tim Torrence, 6-foot-4 senior post, got rave reviews.

“He had an excellent week, and he had an excellent game,” Dodgen said of Torrence’s recent play, capped off with a 14-point effort Saturday.

One telling statistic came from the free throw line, as Maryville earned 16 mores tries at the charity strip than Farragut. The Rebels hit 19 of 27 free throws compared to 6 of 11 for the Admirals.

James Hunter added eight points for FHS, with Ben Bosse scoring six and Michael Wright two points.

The Rebels’ record goes to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the district.

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