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Tables turned: Ads crush Central, beat Webb in Super 16

Forty-point swings are not normal in high school basketball.

If Farragut's Thanksgiving turkey laid a little heavy on their stomachs prior to the Chop House Classic finals versus Central Nov. 26, the Bobcats must have been bloated with Christmas dinner before the Super 16 fifth-place game Wednesday.

Losing to Central 58-47 in the Chop House title game, Farragut got more than a little revenge in the Dec. 28 rematch. Using pressure defense as a catalyst, the Admirals roared past the cold-shooting Bobcats 65-36 at Bearden High School.

"They stole a championship from us earlier in the year, so we wanted it," said FHS junior guard Will Akers, who scored eight points. "This time we just came out and we played great defense. We really needed this victory.

“We've kinda been in a slump lately, so we came out, we put the press on. We knew what they were going to hit us with, and I think we played good, played as a team."

The Ads improve their overall record to 7-6 and start play in 2006 tonight at Oak Ridge, with girls varsity action beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Farragut will host Clinton Friday at Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Speaking of CHS post Justin Wilson, who scored a game-high 23 points in the first game and "killed us," Akers added that FHS head coach Donald Dodgen and his assistants "prepared us for the lob, and told us to help on the weak side, I thought we did a good job covering that." As a result, Wilson was held to 10 points in the second game. Chase Snyder led the Bobcats with 15 points.

Farragut 6-foot-6 senior post Scott Carroll led the Ads with a game-high 17 points. "Scott Carroll played just outstanding, he's had a great tournament," Dodgen said. "Mark [Huie] had a great night tonight." Huie scored 15, most of which came on fast breaks and half-court driving lay-ups.

"We had to get 'em back from last time when we were playing at their place, the championship. We wanted revenge this time," Huie said.

Scoring several points on fast break lay-ups, many due to CHS turnovers, "Luckily, my other teammates, they just made the traps, and I was there to fill in the spots where they just throw it in all the time," Huie said. "We knew who their playmakers were and what they could do. We also sagged off of some other people who couldn't shoot the ball."

Ahead 18-11 after one period and 32-22 at the half, Farragut opened up a 50-31 lead after three quarters.

"You noticed our defense, in the third quarter, they didn't score many points," Dodgen said. "We went to a zone and took their shooters out of the ballgame tonight. Every shot they tried to take was not a good shot. We just got after 'em. ... We had a lot of steals ... I'm just proud for the kids, the kids played well. We played as a team."

Zach Onusic and Mason Burks each scored six for FHS, followed by Jeff Jameson with four, B.J. Browning with three and two points each for Esean Phillips and Clay Wilhoite. CHS dropped to 8-5.

FHS 62 WEBB 53

"Zach was the hero of that game, he comes in the scores sixteen points. ... He missed two shots the entire night," Dodgen said about the loser’s bracket semifinals Dec. 27. "We played pretty good defense again, we shot the ball pretty doggone well, and we made free throws."

Carroll led the Ads with 19 points, as Onusic and Carroll combined to go 7 of 7 at the foul line. Browning added nine, all on three-point baskets. Burks and Akers scored six each, and Huie added four. Webb was led by J.T. Blair's 18 points and P.J. Henley's 17.

The Spartans finished seventh, improving its record to 7-5 following a 60-51 win versus Anderson County Wednesday.

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