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Two-thirds success
FHS boys clip unbeaten West, win two; Lady Ads stay perfect in 4-AAA

Perhaps two out of three ain’t bad, especially when you knock off a previously undefeated team.

Such was the case for Farragut’s boys basketball team, clipping West 89-85 in overtime at FHS last Friday, Dec. 18, behind 26 points from sophomore guard Blake Williams en route to a 2-game win streak after three straight losses.

“I thought against West we played like gangbusters,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said.

But things went south again Tuesday, Dec. 22, as Karns came to Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium and beat the Ads 54-48.

Meanwhile, Wes Edmonds’ FHS girls stay on top in 4-AAA (4-0, 10-2 overall) by beating West 63-57 behind 32 points from junior post Hayley Newby, while also crushing Karns 85-37. (More later on the Lady Admirals)

The inside power of Karns posts Aaron Fritts, 12 of his 18 coming in the first quarter, and Andrew Burroughs, 10 of his 12 in the fourth quarter, lifted the Beavers (4-5, 3-3 in 3-AAA).

Farragut (8-5, 1-3) overcame a 17-7 deficit with an 11-0 run led by FHS leading scorer Landon Hunley (16), before KHS built a 37-29 edge midway into the third quarter.

But a 14-5 Ads run, led by seven Hunley points, put FHS up 43-42 with 5:17 left in regulation after a Hunley lay-up.

A Taylor Diegel three-pointer tied it, 46-46, with 3:30 to go before a lay-up and six free throws from Burroughs settled the issue.

Up 50-46 late, the Beavers missed the front end of two one-and-ones and turned the ball over, all in the final 90 seconds, but Farragut couldn’t cash in.

“I thought Karns played a good ballgame, I thought they hit the shots when they needed to,” Dodgen said. “We had too many stretches down the stretch where we didn’t score.”

Williams scored 13 for FHS, while Stephen Britton added nine. Diegel, who scored 15 versus West, had six Tuesday and Will Park four.

Against West, Wayman McLaughlin scored 14 and Trevlyn Singleton added 12.

While Newby led the FHS girls versus Karns (1-9, 0-6) with 16 points, three freshmen shined: post Katie Overton with 13, wing Whitney Smith 12 and wing Madison Blevins seven.

“I think our freshmen kinda took this opportunity and kinda stepped up a little bit,” said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds.

Other scorers included Avery Anderson (four) and Courtney Ingram (two).

Sophomore post Anna Brinson, who scored six Tuesday, said about her team’s early season success, “I think together we’ve really meshed well, and that we just have good chemistry.


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