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A meeting, a sweep
Tired of ‘Ls,’ FHS boys hold players-only meeting, take anger out on Rebs; Lady Ads fall to No. 1 MHS

MARYVILLE — Despite the most gifted coaching, sometimes players just have to take matters into their own hands.

Tired of a recent losing skid, Farragut boys basketball held a “players-only” meeting Sunday, Feb. 7.

And while Farragut hasn't exactly been a nightmare to many District 4-AAA opponents in 2009-10, don't tell that to Maryville.

The Admirals (15-11, 5-8) took out lots of frustration on the Rebels early, racing out to a 16-2 lead led thanks to three steals turned fast-break lay-ups from senior point guard Wayman McLaughlin.

Though far from flawless, the Admirals completed a season-sweep of Maryville (12-12, 5-8), holding off the Rebs 53-49 Tuesday night, Feb. 9, at MHS.

“We hadn't been playing as a team lately, so we actually had a team meeting this Sunday, just players, and we just talked about that,” said Trevlyn Singleton, FHS reserve forward who came up big Tuesday night.

“Just bonded together, and we came and just played as a team tonight,” adding recent losses “just made us mad.”

Meanwhile, a huge Maryville Lady Rebels edge in the paint was the difference in a 56-47 MHS win among the top two teams in District 4-AAA. (More on Farragut's girls later in story)

Donald Dodgen, FHS boys head coach, said his players “met by themselves and kinda talked some things out.

“I thought we moved the ball well, we shot the ball better than we've shot it — but we played as a team.”

Landon Hunley's 15 points led Farragut's offense, followed closely by McLaughlin's 13.

“We were tired of losing,” McLaughlin said. “We came out early, and we came out pretty hot.”

About the sweep, McLaughlin said FHS matches up well with Maryville. “I think they have a lot more taller guys, but I think we have a lot more quicker guys.”

With a key spinning basket in the fourth quarter and two free throws in the final 20.5 seconds to seal victory, Singleton scored six.

“Trevlyn Singleton, I thought he was the difference in the ballgame,” Dodgen said. “He came in and played very well for us, got us some big rebounds — they cut it to six one time and Trevlyn made a big jump shot.

“And hit those two big free throws there at the end.”

Blake Williams and Stephen Britton each tossed in six for Farragut.

Cameron Langley led Maryville with 12.

Farragut, which hosts William Blount in its regular season finale Friday, Feb. 12, will finishe either fifth or sixth in 4-AAA and play in opening round district tournament action next Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Lenoir City High School. (No teams or times set at press deadline)

Only a freshman, Whitney Smith's three-point jumper from the corner midway into the fourth quarter, a confident no-hesitation stroke, put her FHS girls (20-6, 10-3) in position for a rally.

Smith and Abbie Cooper, a senior wing, both came off the bench to earn crunch-time minutes, midway into the fourth quarter, in this 4-AAA showdown.

“Abbie’s had a couple of really good games where she’s made good plays,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said. “Whitney’s had a great week of practice shooting the basketball.

“She doesn’t play like a freshman,” Edmonds added.

Smith said she’s “started to build up more confidence as this season has gone on. I feel like the girls can trust me to go in there and rebound.

“And I guess it’s partly them helping my confidence boost.”

Hayley Newby, junior post, and Katie Cargo, junior guard, led Farragut with 16 points each. Jessica Griswold added seven, Brinson five and Smith with her three-pointer.

“Katie shot the ball well,” Edmonds said.

Following a Cargo three-pointer pulling FHS to within five, 46-41, with 4:22 left, the Lady Admirals came up dry on three straight critical positions down five.

In the end, the Lady Rebels (24-2, 11-1) used its powerful post presence to dominate the paint, especially the boards.

“We didn’t rebound,” said Edmonds, whose Lady Ads can finish No. 2 in 4-AAA with a home win versus William Blount Friday. Girls district tourney play at LCHS begins next Tuesday, Feb. 16.

“They destroyed us on the boards,” Edmonds added, estimating MHS doubled up his girls in rebounds.

Maryville's talented and physical post tandem of Torie Vaught and Miranda Maples pounded the glass, converted often inside 10 feet and combined for 36 points -— Vaught leading with 23.


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