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FHS teams split with Cocke County

Farragut High School basketball standouts Landon Hunley and Taylor Diegel would blend in perfectly in some of the black-and-white photographs of Admirals teams from the 1960s inside the locker room.

You wouldn't even need a quick lesson in Photo Shop to pull it off.

Their closely cropped haircuts and slender frames contribute to an old-fashioned theme.

Hunley and Diegel also had old-fashioned three-point plays at key moments of the second half to help FHS turn back Cocke County 67-60 at FHS's Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Monday, Dec. 21.

“It was a little sloppy at times, but it was a quality win,” said Diegel, a 6-foot-1 junior whose game-high 24 points included two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws.

“My game is more to drive and dish,” said Hunley, a 6-foot-5 senior who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. “I just try and get through the defense and see what happens.”

Blake Williams and Stephen Britton were next with five points apiece. Will Park and Reese Browning combined for eight points. Trevlyn Singleton had seven rebounds.


The Lady Admirals wasted little time moving on after a 60-55 loss to Cocke County, which has been ranked as high No. 4 in East Tennessee.

Katie Cargo sparked a comeback with three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points.

Despite facing some of the most talented post players on the same team in the state, Hayley Newby added 12 points a game-high 11 rebounds. The 5-foot-11 junior took over in the third quarter after scoring just one point in the first half.

Alex Newby had 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Jessica Griswold (eight), Anna Brinson (six) and Abbie Cooper (four) also scored for FHS.

“Katie Cargo did a terrific job shooting the ball down the stretch, Hayley had a much better second half ... and I’m really proud of the effort [Anna] is giving,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said.

But Edmonds pointed to a sluggish start and missing 8 of 16 free throws. The other telling statistic was in the paint, where CCHS enjoyed a 38-18 scoring edge.

Freshmen Whitney Smith (guard) and Katie Overton (post) also had key moments defensively.

“Other than looking at the tape and trying to learn from our mistakes, we're not going to dwell on this one,” Edmonds said. “I challenged some of the girls a little bit at halftime and I thought they responded and played better.”


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