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Ads-BHS showdown Friday? FHS girls to defend crown?

Tell the Farragut Admirals boys basketball team they are a fluke.

The No. 3-seeded Admirals played like a team on a mission en route to a 71-51 win versus No. 6 South Doyle in the District 4-AAA basketball tournament quarterfinals Monday, Feb. 20, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Led by Scott Carroll’s 15 points and 10 rebounds, “I thought the kid’s responded well,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said. “I thought they played hard ... the key thing now is that we are in the region.”

In addition to earning its ninth straight win of the season (improving record to 19-10), Farragut’s victory marks the 10th straight year the program has earned a region berth, a feat Dodgen said many doubted would be achieved prior to this season.

“The first of the year everybody sold us out and said that we weren’t going to be able to do anything, and look where the kids are at now,” the coach said.

Before the game, the Ads were playing with a chip on their shoulders, FHS senior B.J. Browning said. “We heard in the papers and in the news that their coach and their team has been talking a lot of crap about us, and we came out here and showed them that the first two games weren’t a fluke.”

A victory in Wednesday's tourney semifinal versus No. 2-seed William Blount (after press deadline) would place the Ads in the championship game, possibly against archrival and top-seed Bearden, who needed to beat No. 4 Maryville Wednesday to set up the showdown Friday beginning at 8 p.m.

Friday’s boys consolation game begins at 6:30 p.m.

Against SDHS, the Admirals got started early and took a 35-26 lead into halftime before opening it up in the second half.

South Doyle’s Chad Zurcher kept the Cherokees in the game early with seven first quarter points, but after a defensive adjustment by the Admirals, South Doyle and its leading scorer were considerably slowed.

“We rotated defenders on him and when we did that he finished with thirteen points, but he scored two in the third quarter and four in the fourth quarter and that’s the difference in the ball game,” Dodgen said.

As a result, SDHS was held to five third quarter points, allowing the Ads to jump out to a 52-31 lead entering the fourth quarter.

“We had some kids that didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but we also had some kids step it up,” Dodgen said.

Will Akers and Zach Onusic had 12 points each for FHS. Browning added eight, Marcus Huie and Phil Kinney had seven apiece, while Jeff Jameson, Clay Wilhoite, Esean Phillips, Tyler Powell and Mason Burks had two each.


Beating Powell and Webb to end the regular season, the No. 2 seed Farragut Lady Admirals (22-7 record entering the week) entered Tuesday’s tourney semifinals against No. 3 William Blount (after press deadline) with a chance to defend its 4-AAA tourney title crown tonight (Feb. 23) against the winner of No. 1 Heritage versus No. 4 South Doyle.

Girls championship game is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, with the consolation game at 6:30.

Region 2-AAA tourney action at Sevier County High School in Sevierville begins with girls games at 4 p.m, Monday, Feb. 27.

Girls semifinals are Wednesday, March 1, at 5:30 and 7 p.m., with the girls championship game Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Boys first-round region action begins Tuesday at 4 p.m., with semifinals Thursday at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The boys championship game is 7 p.m., Friday, March. 3.


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