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Big numbers, groundbreaking hoops for FHS, HVA
Farragut sweep part of Hawk program opener

Abbie Cooper has lots of friends on the Hardin Valley Academy varsity girls hoops team.

Cooper, a Farragut High School junior wing, is a former Karns Middle School teammate with many of the HVA Lady Hawks she helped defeat in that program’s first-ever varsity hoops game Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Hardin Valley’s new gymnasium.

Cooper scored a team co-high 12 points to help lead the Lady Ads to an easy 69-30 win against HVA in Farragut’s season opener.

“I was nervous at first, but I started getting into it because of all of my friends,” Cooper said. “It was fun playing with them again, but I’m just glad we won so they can’t say anything to me about it.”

Farragut’s boys made it a clean sweep, easily beating the Hawks 66-32 (more on that game later in this story).

Both Farragut teams followed up that success with record-setting home-opening wins versus Clinton Thursday, Nov. 20.

Sam Watson, 6-foot-9 FHS senior post, scored a game-high 40 points in a 77-58 Farragut boys win. “No one’s scored 40 points since I’ve been here,” said Donald Dodgen, beginning his 13th season as Admirals head coach.

Lundon Hunley added 18 and Nate Clark nine for FHS.

Meanwhile, the Lady Ads apparently set a team record in its 91-64 whipping of CHS. “As far as I know it’s the most [the program] has ever scored,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said.

Senior guard Stephanie Torrence led with 28 points, followed by Kylann Scheidt with 15 and Hayley Newby 14.


Farragut freshman post Anna Brinson matched Cooper with 12 points versus HVA, while Torrence added 11 and Katie Cargo 10.

About his young players, Edmonds said, “They took the opportunity and ran with it. They played aggressive, played hard. They didn’t shrink away from the first game and the pressure.”

Young contributions are especially important due to injury. “We’re down a senior and a junior to injury,” Edmonds added about the losses of starting senior wing Jennifer Rutherford (knee) and key reserve point guard Alex Newby (hip). Neither is expected back for at least a few more weeks.

Other Lady Admirals scorers were Newby nine, Jessica Griswold seven, Scheidt four and two points each for Brittany Doss and Kirsten Chapman.

Hardin Valley, new member of District 3-AAA with other rivals including Karns and Oak Ridge, was led by Jennifer Schilling’s 16 points. “I thought Jennifer did well on the boards, I thought she responded to some of the things we asked her to do,” HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said of her sophomore post,” “She was a presence inside in the paint.”

Haley Keith added four points for the Lady Hawks, while Lauren Trent and Laura Hensley each scored three. Tiffany Cantrell and Michelle Owens scored two.

“I thought Lauren Trent did a good job bringing the ball up the floor,” Galloway said about her point. “I thought she did an excellent job keeping her composure. I thought Laura Hensley gave us a big spark off the bench with her defense and just her energy.”

Trent said of her first-ever HVA varsity game, and first-ever home game at the new school, “We were all really excited and I think maybe it kinda got the best of us there at first, real nervous. … Farragut played a heck of a game, my teammates did, too.”

Schilling said, “I thought we did pretty good for [it] being first time. And I’ve got to give Farragut credit ’cause they’re a good defense. But we had our moments.” Galloway said her team was “a little jittery, a little shell-shocked at first,” but “responded to some things good.”


Watson led all scorers with 19 points, followed by FHS senior guard Jonathan Moore with 13.

Hunley and Ben Mixer each scored seven. Other FHS scorers included five each for Clark and Zack Warnock and four points for Wayman McLaughlin.

Hardin Valley was led by junior guard Dominic Ratliff’s 16 points, 10 in the third quarter, followed by Jamison Baker and Hunter Smoak with four each, Tyler Baker and V.J. Brown two apiece and Zach Clevenger one point.

Hunley, a 6-foot-3 junior forward/point guard said his individuals goals included “outside shooting and ballhandling, just distributing it to the post players ’cause I think we’ve got pretty good size.”

The biggest “sized” Admiral is 6-foot-10 senior post Mixer, a transfer from Centennial. “I was a little nervous coming out, but it was fun,” Mixer said about his first FHS regular season game. “The guys played amazing, and it’s just nice to know that if you’re having an off night like I was at first, that you don’t have to continue to shoot. You can just let your other teammates do it.”

Ratliff, a HVA junior guard, said his 10 points in third quarter for was an attempt “to put my team back in place.”

Keith Galloway, Hardin Valley head coach, said his guys “really came out hard and made it look like they wanted to win.”

Individually, “I think Nathan Garner [guard] and Dominic Ratliff were the two leaders out there,” Galloway said. “Dominic … played pretty good defensively, Nathan did a great job on their best player early [Watson], got him in some foul trouble.”

Galloway also said he was “proud” of Clevenger, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward guarding the 6-foot-10 Mixer. “He got in there and banged with him.”


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