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LC offense slowed by ‘32 minutes’ as No.1 Ads prepare for No. 8 SDHS


Farragut's District 4-AAA regular season stretch run was just what the Dodgen ordered: plenty of defense. With “thirty-two minutes of defense” that pleased Admiral skipper Donald Dodgen in a 67-36 smashing of Lenoir City at LCHS Friday, Feb. 9, the regular season district champs end regular season 4-AAA action 13-1 and prepare for tourney action Friday, Feb. 16.

“We played thirty-two minutes of defense,” Dodgen said. “If we play thirty-two minutes of defense all the time, we're hard to handle, we're a good ballclub.”


Riley Hunley, FHS back-up point guard, agrees. “We're just trying to get prepared for our district [tournament] coming up,” he said. “We're trying to work on our defense, make sure we've got good defensive intensity. We played really well tonight. If we can keep that up, we'll be O-K.”

No. 8 seed South-Doyle travels to FHS's Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium in the 4-AAA tournament first-round Friday.

The top-seeded Admirals (24-4 overall entering the week) have already beaten SDHS three times this season — the last, however, a tight 62-55 win at FHS Jan. 26. Opening tip-off is 7 p.m. (See story below for complete 4-AAA tournament information).

FHS 67 LCHS 36

Led by seven first quarter points from senior guard Will Akers, Farragut was up 15-7 after one frame and never looked back. The lead grew to 27-13 after an Esean Phillips lay-up and free throw on a three-point play. It was 31-18 at halftime.

Following a 50-44 district loss at William Blount Feb. 2, “We wanted to bounce back and show everybody that it really wasn't what it [seemed] to be,” Phillips said.

Up 50-32 after three quarters, Farragut’s defense allowed just one point during the final 6:21 of play, which included minutes from all 14 FHS players.

“We've been working on defense, coach has been getting on us about defense,” Phillips said. “Defense creates our offense.”

Four late points from Sam Watson and three points from Chris Carroll helped give Farragut its biggest lead at game's end.

Though no Admiral scored in double figures, 11 FHS players tallied in the scorebook.

Akers and Phillips led with nine each, followed by Kyle Binder, Mason Burks and Phil Kinney with eight apiece.

“I was just glad to see Phil Kinney shoot the ball well tonight, he’s been in a little slump,” Dodgen said.

Zach Onusic added six, with John Abraham, Clay Wilhoite and Hunley also scoring four.

FHS 73 HERITAGE 45

Onusic scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the first half as the Admirals rolled on FHS Senior Night after leading only 20-16 eight minutes into the game Feb. 6 at FHS.

Hunley scored 13, as did Akers, who had 3 three-point field goals.

Phillips added eight and Binder six points while five other Admirals each scored two: Watson, Burks, Kinney, Sanders and Carroll. Wilhoite sank a free throw.

 

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