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Huge second-half runs push FHS hoop teams past Maryville

Huge second half runs proved to be the difference as Farragut High School’s varsity basketball teams swept Maryville Tuesday, Jan. 17, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Saying the Rebels have “the best athletes in the district,” FHS boys head coach Donald Dodgen and the Admirals nevertheless raced past MHS 72-56.

B. J. Browning and Will Akers combined for 45 points, with Browning’s 23 leading the way followed by Akers with 22. A 25-9 FHS edge in the third quarter was the difference, 17 of those by Browning and Akers.

“Our defense created our offense,” Dodgen said, adding that a zone defense proved to be effective against the Rebels, who dropped to 11-7 overall, 4-4 in the district after the game. “We just played great, we shot the ball well.”

Despite an ankle injury to starting senior post Scott Carroll that may be a stress fracture according to Dodgen, back-up post Tyler Powell “came in and played great,” the FHS coach said. “He came in and stopped their big kids inside.”

Marcus Huie, Powell and Phil Kinney scored eight each, followed by Zach Onusic with two and Carroll with a free throw.

Aaron Douglas led MHS with 15 points. Kent Basile scored 10.


Trailing Maryville 38-25 midway through the third quarter, the Lady Admirals ended the game with a 22-4 run to avenge an earlier District 4-AAA loss and win 47-42.

“A big win over Maryville ... just a super, super comeback in the second half,” FHS girls head coach Mike Driver said. “Good, solid defense and some timely shot-making. We did a super job on the boards, out-rebounding them by two where we got out-rebounded by twelve the last time [a 41-37 loss Nov. 29 at MHS].” During the 22-4 run, “they got one shot, and that was it,” Driver said.

As for mistakes, “We forced a lot of turnovers,” Driver said, adding each team committed 16 turnovers.

Individually, “Beth [Raby] really played well,” Driver said about the senior point guard, who scored 13. “And I thought K-B Beverly did a good job, she had two big threes, she did a good job on the boards and made two big free throws late.” Beverly ended with nine points.

“And Stephanie Torrence came in and did a real good job for us ...,” Driver added, as the freshman guard scored eight. Catelyn Dake and Rachel Draper each scored six points, followed by Rachel Simmons with three and C.J. Dake with two.

Maryville was led by Meredith Niethammer with 14 points, as the Lady Rebels dropped to 11-8 overall, 4-4 in the district, after the loss.


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