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Farragut avenged its first loss of the season with a 85-56 win at West Friday, Nov. 30. Coming off a loss at Maryville three days earlier, the Admirals depended on smart cuts and passes to get back on the winning track. Farragut (6-1 overall record entering the week) will host archrival Bearden at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Friday, Dec. 7, following the girls varsity game, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

At West, the Admirals took a 17-12 lead after one quarter and a 35-15 lead into halftime, but it wasn’t until the third quarter that the Admirals began finding the easy baskets.

“We started off a little slow and didn’t play defense much,” Admirals senior Riley Hunley said. “In the third quarter we started moving it really well and got a lot of nice, easy layups and that helped us out.”

The gameplan seemingly worked to perfection in the second half as the Admirals tired the West defenders out with multiple passes and cuts on each possession in order to find the open man.

“We were trying to make at least three to four different passes and when you do that normally you are going to find somebody open,” Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen said. “We started to try and go one-on-one and we can’t do that. I talked to them at halftime and said ‘guys you make three or four passes we are going to get easy shots’, which we did.”

Hunley and John Abraham led the Admirals in scoring with 12 points apiece. Sam Watson and Chris Carroll each had 10, Jonathan Moore nine, Nate Clark six and Ben Saunders five.

Justin Griswold, Kyle Binder and Reese Browning each had four, Esean Phillips three and Nathan Gibson, Landon Hunley and Zach Warnock each with two.

Early on in the season that is the kind of basketball Dodgen wants his team to play.

“We can’t play anybody one-on-one, we’re not good enough yet,” Dodgen said. “If we pass, move and cut then we make it a little tougher on the defense. High school kids get tired of playing defense after a while and eventually after the third or fourth pass they break down.”

Even though the first half didn’t go exactly as planned, a win on the road is always a good thing.

A win’s a win,” Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen said. “One good thing about it was that we finally got back on the winning track after a tough loss at Maryville (68-65 — see related story on this page).”

Being able to find the easy shots are what the Admirals have been working on during the early part of the season. Against West, all the work paid off.

“We were passing it well, moving the ball quick and that gets you easy layups,” Hunley said. “That’s what we weren’t doing Tuesday night we were holding the ball so we are working on that and getting better at it and hopefully we will continue into next week.”


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