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Winning ways for FHS boys reach 11
South-Doyle, William Blount latest victims for 11-0 Admirals

There was no letting up Friday night.

Farragut extended its red-hot start to the 2006-07 high school hoops campaign, crushing South-Doyle for the second time this season to improve its unbeaten streak to 11-0 (5-0 in District 4-AAA) entering this week. The 80-45 drubbing Dec. 15 at SDHS came about four weeks after ripping the Cherokees 72-53 in the finals of The Chop House Classic and three days after a relatively close call for the Admirals — needing a huge fourth-quarter push to rally past William Blount 59-48 at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“I thought the kids played with intensity, I thought they played hard,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said about Friday’s win. “In the second quarter we turned our defense up. Defense was the difference in the ballgame. We’re playing well as a team, and when we shoot the ball well, we’re hard to handle. And we all shot the ball pretty well tonight.”

FHS 80 SDHS 45

Phil Kinney, senior starting post who led FHS with 17 points, broke a 16-16 tie with a three-point basket in the final five seconds of the first quarter, and Farragut would pull away early in the second period.

Kinney finished off his own 8-0 run with a spinning five-foot jumper and another three-pointer.

Zach Onusic, senior starting post, nailed a 12-footer and finished off a rebound basket after Esean Phillips’ diving steal to complete a 16-2 FHS run for a 32-18 lead midway into the second quarter.

Senior post Clay Wilhoite came off the bench for a pair of baskets in the final minute of the half to increase the Admiral lead to 40-22 at halftime.

“On the road we try to come together as a team, which I feel we did successfully tonight,” Wilhoite said. “As a team we seem to hustle more, we get steals, which also provides us with crashing the boards harder and getting more rebounds.”

Three-point baskets by reserve wing John Abraham and starting wing Will Akers gave the Admirals a 54-28 lead with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Riley Hunley, junior back-up point guard, hit a three-pointer combined with Jonathan Moore’s lay-up and four points from Kyle Binder, reserve post, to push the lead to 65-32 with 5:22 left.

“We just all try to play hard and play together,” Hunley said.

Justin Griswold added a three-pointer to highlight his five points off the bench in the fourth quarter, while Ben Sanders scored four points and Chris Carroll added a lay-up.

Behind Kinney in scoring for Farragut was Akers with 13, including 3 three-point baskets, Wilhoite 12 and Onusic 10. Binder scored six, and Hunley, Abraham and Mason Burks had three each.

South-Doyle (7-5 overall, 1-3 in the district entering the week) was led in scoring by Troy Erskine and Ryan Holland with 16 each.

FHS 59 WBHS 48

Trailing by as many as 10 points against the Governors and down 37-34 after three quarters, Farragut used a 25-11 run in the final eight minutes to win.

“Just stickin’ with it, we started off bad,” Hunley said of the FHS rally. “We couldn’t get on a roll shooting, so we just sort of stuck with it, got some inside shots that got us in a rhythm and it sort of came together at the end.

“And [we] kept playing hard defense.”

Dodgen said, “I thought we were a little sluggish for some reason or another,” adding that in the fourth quarter, “We started shooting the ball a little better. We hit a couple of threes that broke their back.

“We were down ten points at one time and won by eleven, that’s the mark of a good ballclub.”

Kinney finished with 17 points to lead FHS, followed by Akers with 12 and Phillips with 11 (including 3 three-pointers). Onusic scored six, Hunley five, and Wilhoite and Binder four each.

With its 11-game win streak on the line, Farragut traveled to play another unbeaten Knox County team Monday (after press deadline).

Fulton, 9-0 entering the week, hosted the Admirals. Farragut travels to West Friday, Dec. 22, as varsity action starts with the girls game at 6:30 p.m.


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