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Practice habits pay
Dodgen praises revitalized defense in FHS boys’ blowout win versus South-Doyle

Some good, hard, tough practices can go a long way toward getting your team refocused. Just ask South-Doyle after its Friday, Jan. 23 basketball trip to Farragut.

Or ask Sam Watson, Admirals’ 6-foot-9 senior standout post.

Following “five days of the hardest practices we’ve had” according to FHS head coach Donald Dodgen, Watson drew the conclusion: “We kinda just beat up on each other and just put in a lot of hard work this week. And then we just kinda got sick of beating on each other, so we took it out on South-Doyle.”

Final score 65-26 (first reported at Farra-gut wins its first game after a two-game losing streak last week versus Maryville and Bearden (Jan. 20 home game versus Sevier County was postponed due to weather). The Ads improved to 17-4 overall, 7-3 in District 4-AAA. The Cherokees fell to 3-16, 1-9.

Saying his team’s defense wasn’t in top form “the past two or three weeks,” Dodgen added, “Our defense got back to what we were doing before Christmas.”

Zach Warnock, FHS senior reserve forward, said his team “didn’t just want to win the game, we wanted to win the game by over 30 points.”

Twelve Admirals scored, led by Watson’s 14 points — 12 in the first half as FHS led 33-10 at the break. Landon Hunley scored eight, Nate Clark and Reese Browning seven each and Nathan Gibson had six on a pair of three-point jumpers.

Ben Mixer also scored six, Austin Bolen five, while Nick Binder’s three-point jumper gave FHS a 62-22 lead with 2:14 left.

Warnock also scored three while Stephen Britten contributed a driving lay-up and John Jester a fast break lay-up. Jonathan Moore also scored two points for FHS.

Patrick Crowley led SDHS with 10 points.


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