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With Karns, LC disposed, FHS had one last shot at Bearden

Staying alive with defense.

With Farragut’s 4-AAA season on the line Tuesday, Feb. 26, against rival and district tourney champ Bearden in the Region 2-AAA semifinals at BHS (after press deadline), the Admirals defense turned the tables in the quarterfinals. Trailing much of the first half against Karns Saturday, Feb. 23, at KHS, the Admirals used a Ben Saunders three-point field goal to take a 34-33 halftime lead.

“I thought Ben Saunders hit a big three [right before] halftime, that really kinda deflated them,” said FHS head coach Donald Dodgen, whose team held the Beavers to only 18 second half points for a 65-51 region victory. “Then I thought everybody stepped it up a bit.

“The kids played real well in the second half,” Dodgen added. “We played real good defense in the second half and that’s the difference in the ballgame.

“I’m proud of this bunch. We bend a little but don’t break.”

Chris Carroll, FHS senior post, scored 10 points.“We started playing defense, we started getting in the passing lanes and denying them the ball,” Carroll said. “Not letting them set up their offense and running it.”

Twenty points from Riley Hunley, FHS senior guard and an All-tourney selection, led the winning attack.

Kyle Binder, senior post who also earned All-tourney honors, scored 11 for the winners.

Improving their record to 25-7, Farragut grabbed its second wing against Karns this season, having beating the Beavers 75-71 in overtime Dec. 20 at FHS.

In the rematch, Jonathan Moore and John Abraham each scored seven, with Sam Watson adding four, and Esean Phillips and Saunders three each.

Trailing by as many as five points in the first quarter, 18-13, before closing it to 20-18 after one period, Farragut saw Karns zoom back ahead 27-22 on a three-point field goal by Drew Baker with 3:43 left in the first half.

But seven Hunley points down the stretch, with two key Carroll assists, helped bring Farragut back before Saunders’ big shot.

The Ads led 43-39 after three quarters before a 12-4 run essentially put the game on ice.

Two Binder semi-hook shots pushed the lead to 51-41, then Carroll added a lay-up assisted by Hunley to make it 55-43 with 2:45 remaining.

Shane Glasgow’s 12 points led Karns in scoring.


The Admirals earned third-place in the District 4-AAA tourney at South-Doyle High School with a 60-50 win against No. 4-seed Lenoir City in the consolation game Wednesday, Feb. 20.

A 17-7 third-quarter edge was the difference for Farragut, led by Phillips’ 14 points.

Binder scored nine, Watson, Carroll, Abraham seven each and Hunley six. Moore added five, Justin Griswold three and Saunders two points.

Lenoir City, final 14-13 record, was led by Tyler Hood with 19.


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