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‘Cool’ under fire
Interim boys head basketball coach Chris Cool leads his team to victory

Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen hopes to return from a medical leave of absence as soon as possible, but is going to need medical clearance to do so.

Although the reason has not been disclosed, multiple sources say it is a serious foot infection.

“This is a tough job and it is a tough position,” interim head coach Chris Cool said after a 68-64 victory over Clinton, Tuesday, Jan. 26, at FHS.

“It does not have anything to do with his heart, but it is a serious thing,” added Cool, whose team improved a 12-10 overall. “We want coach Dodgen to take his time and do what’s best for him. We want him to be here.”

Landon Hunley scored 21 points to lead Farragut, and Blake Williams sparked a 14-2 spurt that helped the Ads overcome a 9-point deficit.

Williams hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points during the decisive run.

“Coach Cool had taken me out of the game because I wasn’t able to get anything going, and wasn’t playing a lick of defense,” Williams said. “That lit a fire and I got mad.”

Williams and Wayman McLaughlin made the defensive play of the game with a double-team that forced a turnover with 22 seconds to play, and FHS ahead 66-64.

Williams came up with the loose ball and passed to a wide open Hunley for a break-away lay-up.

“It was great to look up and see Landon,” Williams said. “He had worked so hard all game and deserved to get an easy score.”

McLaughlin scored six points and was the only starter to stay on the court when coach Cool made a mass substitution early in the third.

Playing well off the bench were Will Park, Nick Bender, Trevlyn Singleton and Daniel Leamon. It was Farragut’s third game in five days.

“Those guys played well and they played for most of the third quarter,” Cool said. “We had some tired legs out there.”

fhs girls roll

Three players scored in double figures as the Lady Ads cruised to a 58-44 win, improving its overall record to 17-5.

Anna Brinson, sophomore post, led the way for FHS with a career-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half and four overall.

Junior standout post Hayley Newby added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Cargo added 14 points, five assists and four steals.

“We have grown accustomed to Hayley doing that -— it’s just Hayley being Hayley. This team can be special when everyone else steps up,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said.

Brinson hit four 3-pointers, while Cargo had five assists and four steals.

The win avenged an overtime loss to Clinton in November. Cargo scored just two points.

“I had a little sit-down with Katie after that game and said she needs to be more aggressive,” Edmonds said. “It’s just not her nature to be that way.”

Jessica Griswold added sixpoints and four assists. Alex Newby scored two points.


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