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FHS boys hoops start strong; girls split OT affairs
Diegel shooting, Park effort pace Admirals versus Hawks; Farragut rules at Clinton

Two juniors, new to the rigors of crunch-time varsity basketball at Farragut High School, helped lead an opening-season blowout.

Taylor Diegel’s five 3-point jumpers in the first half, finishing with a game-high 19 points, and 12 points from “rebound machine” Will Park keyed an 81-43 rout of Hardin Valley Academy during Hall of Fame action at FHS Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Coupled with a dominating 75-50 win at Clinton Thursday, Nov. 19, Farragut starts the season 2-0.

About his HVA effort, “I just come off the screens and get open, and the guards are getting the ball to me,” said Diegel, a guard.

About his role with the Ads, Park, a forward, said his job is “hustle play, energizing the team.”

Donald Dodgen, FHS head coach, said Diegel “absolutely shot the lights out tonight … I thought he was the difference that broke the game open tonight.

“He’s been shooting the ball pretty well all fall. He’s got some range.”

Dodgen said Park “did a great job rebounding, I bet he had double digits in rebounds. He’s aggressive, he’s focused — he’s been a pleasant surprise for us.”

Dodgen credited FHS assistant coach Chris Cool for “setting our lineup” that “works pretty well together. … Coach [Cool] is in charge of the guards and he’s getting them to play pretty well.”

Among experienced Admirals, senior forward Landon Hunley scored nine of his 11 points in the first half as FHS led 23-9 after one period, 43-16 at the half and 65-35 after three quarters. “I thought Landon Hunley played well at times on both ends,” Dodgen said.

Trevlyn Singleton, a senior forward, scored 10. Brian Westervelt added five, as did Nick Bender.

Robert Jones, Daniel Leamon and Reed Haugh each tallied four points. Blake Williams scored three, and Wayman McLaughlin and Stephen Britton two each.

“I thought Wayman did a good job, he’s always going to play hard defensively — a lot of intensity there,” Dodgen said about his senior guard.

HVA head coach Keith Galloway said about his Hawks, “The team I’ve been seeing the last three weeks didn’t show up. I have no idea who that team was. … But I thought we kept fighting as the game went on.”

For the Hawks, sophomore guard V.J. Brown pumped in 16, 11 in the second half.

“I thought V.J. Brown really played well,” Galloway said. “He hit some big shots, he guarded well on the defensive end. He played hard, that was the main thing.”

D.J. Kellogg scored seven, Dominic Ratliff five and Hunter Smoak and Justin Wakefield four each. “I think we had a good effort out of Hunter Smoak, he hit a couple of jump shots, played really hard,” Galloway said about the junior guard. “Justin Wakefield [senior guard] played hard.”

Devon Burton added three points while Jordan Greenlee and Tevin Gunn had two each.


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