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Bench big in Admirals’ blowout against West

While easily beating a struggling West team and qualifying for next week’s Region 2-AAA hoop tourney, Farragut’s future talent made a strong statement Monday night.

Junior big men Jordan Hays and Scott Carroll and junior guard B.J. Browning came off the bench to score a combined 28 points in 68-47 romp vs. the Rebels (final 3-24 record) in the second round of the District 4-AAA tourney Monday, Feb. 21, at Heritage.

“I had a little breakout game,” the 6-foot-3 Hays said about his effort, which included 10 points.

FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said Hays “shot the ball well. If I was going to call for a player of the game, that had to be Jordan Hays.”

Browning, considered one of the team’s best perimeter shooters, scored eight. “I’ve been coming in at seven-thirty every morning shooting before school, gettin’ a lot of shots in,” he said.

As opposed to being a drill required by Dodgen, “it’s just something I do to just try to help myself,” Browning added about his morning routine.

As for being able to step up and make big shots late in close games, “yeah, I think so,” Browning said. “I’ve just gotten more confidence in my shot and my teammates know I can do it now and they’re giving me the ball more.”

Carroll, who scored 10 points, is still recovering from a broken right hand. “Scott Carroll played pretty well for us,” Dodgen said. “The bench did a good job.”

Senior posts Kyle Huckins and Ben Bosse, who were both named All-District 4-AAA, led FHS with 11 points each. Blake Denny scored six, Pat Watson four, Marcus Huie and Nolan Nevels three each and Ben Wilson two points.

FHS carried a 19-11 record into the 4-AAA semifinal vs. Maryville (Tuesday, Feb. 22, after press deadline). A Tuesday win put FHS in the 4-AAA title game at 7:30 Friday vs. the Bearden-Heritage winner. A loss to Maryville leaves the Ads in Friday’s consolation game, starting at 6 p.m.


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