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Long Farragut hoops night at LC

LENOIR CITY A 25-point first quarter apparently had set the tone for Farragut Boys Basketball, but this District 4-AAA season opener Tuesday would be more of a grind in the last three frames.

The Admirals built a 12-point halftime lead at Lenoir City before an LCHS rally, and a suddenly cold offense, turned the tables in a 71-60 Panthers win Dec. 7.

"Our defense wasn't good in the second half, and it was a result of frustration," said FHS head coach Chris Cool, whose team falls to 5-3 overall, 0-1 in district, despite 21 points from junior wing Blake Williams.

"I've got a group of guys who haven't been through this yet."

Jordan Hall's 20 points led the Panthers, improving to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in district.

Meanwhile, the FHS Lady Admirals lost a perimeter shooting contest against the LCHS girls, blowing an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter and dropping its first game of the season.

"In the second half I think we got flustered and out of our game," said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds after a 58-52 loss, as Farragut fell to 8-1 overall, 0-1 in district.

"And we had some defensive breakdowns in what we wanted to do."

The Lady Panthers, who nailed 10 three-point baskets plus a handful of mid-range jumpers in the game's final 20 minutes, improve to 4-2 overall, 1-0 in district.

Despite almost being shut down from offensive touches in the fourth quarter by Lenoir City's defense, FHS senior post Hayley Newby still managed a game-high 28 points, 11 in the first quarter, while hitting 10 of 13 free throws for the game.

"We just didn't get it into her enough," Edmonds said.

However, the Lady Ads were icy from three-point range, hitting just 5-of-28.

(More on FHS girls later in story).


Seemingly restoring order by countering an LC run late in the second quarter for a 37-25 halftime lead, Farragut got hit in the mouth early in the third frame.

"They were in the press, and we broke the press and got lay-ups," Cool said about building the early lead. "Then they got out of the press.

"Even by halftime we did some good things," Cool added. "At halftime we were happy. The second half was disappointing."

A 14-2 Panthers run tied the game 39-39 at the 3:37 mark of the quarter before LCHS went ahead 43-41 on a Bill Ault short jumper with 1:42 left in the quarter. Lenoir City held a 46-43 lead after three.

"We got frustrated in the first four or five minutes of the third quarter," Cool said. "We had some turnovers, and our body language started changing."

Farragut never led, or tied, in the final eight minutes, as the Panthers built a 61-52 lead with 2:13 left on four straight free throws.

An FHS technical foul and two LCHS free throws, followed by a lay-up with 1:29 to play, sealed the outcome.

Reed Haugh scored 10 points for the Admirals, followed by Brian Park and Will Park with six each.


Between Newby's ability to get open inside for baskets helped by nice passes from Katie Overton and Katie Cargo on two possessions and her ability to draw fouls, the senior post scored 11 of Farragut's 14 points in a 14-8 first-quarter lead.

FHS senior wing Jessica Griswold tossed in five quick points midway through the second period, the last three from long range, making it 23-12 at the 4:07 mark.

However, the Lady Panthers answered with 10-2 run to end the half beginning with a pair of three-point baskets from LC guard Kara Sheil. It was 25-22 at the break.

Behind Catherine Henley's 11 third-quarter points, including three 3-point baskets, the LC girls tied the game at 37 before Farragut, led by Newby's eight points in the frame, managed a 43-40 edge heading to the fourth quarter.

The Lady Admirals went cold at the wrong time, with Whitney Smith's three-point basket the lone FHS field goal for more than seven minutes.

Lady Panthers guard Tyler Powers and wing Teela Thomas combined for 15 fourth quarter points to settle the issue.

Griswold ended with eight points for Farragut, with Smith and Cargo scoring six each.

Overton added three while junior post Anna Brinson, back from a knee injury, hit a free throw.


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