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FMS hoops teams rise in standings, sweep Cedar Bluff

Continuing strong pursuit of Knox County Schools Middle School Basketball League regular season championships, Farragut’s teams enjoyed easy home wins versus Cedar Bluff Thursday evening, Jan. 13.

Led by Miranda Burt’s 12 points, Chris Cavalaris’ FMS girls stayed perfect in league play, 9-0 (12-3 overall), by beating the Lady Giants 38-5.

“We played pretty well as a team … we played with hustle, got a lot of hustle plays,” Cavalaris said. “We’ve improved a lot since the start of the season. We still have a long way to go, but we’re working more as a team and more cohesively.”

Individually, the FMS girls skipper praised Miranda’s hustle. “There was a lot of 50-50 balls she was diving for, and came up with a lot of them,” he said. “Or caused a lot of turnovers and jump balls. She had a really good game.”

Kristen Freeman and Anna Woodford each scored eight for FMS, followed by Gracie Mabry with four and two each from Taylor Ahles, Amanda Hylton and Lexi Williams.

Farragut’s boys, 6-3 in league, cruised past CBHS 50-16 led by 12 points from Will Doerger.

FMS boys head coach Randy Swartzentruber praised his two post players. “Over the last few weeks Will Doerger has played well for us,” he said. “Dylan Jackson [six points Thursday] has played well the whole season.”

Josh Powell had seven points for FMS followed by six each from Max Dresen and Alex Long. Carson Strickland added three, while five Admirals each scored two: Ty Allen, Drew Driscoll, Ben Dunn, Alexander Ratner and Michael Travis.

“We kinda play everybody, and they all played pretty well I thought,” Swartzentruber said. “We’ve got a pretty even team, I think, as far as talent-wise and how well they’ve been playing. It’s been kind of a nice year from that standpoint.”

Cedar Bluff’s girls (4-6) got baskets from Lilly Silver-Alford and Katie McLeod.

“I really love the way our girls fight, even the games where we’re not doing as hot on the scoreboard,” Lady Giants head coach Josh Ballard said. “Our girls are always giving good effort and always playing hard defense.

“We’re getting better every day in practice.”

For Cedar Bluff’s boys (3-7), Quez Fair and Quincey Sibley scored four each. Jacob Schopmann and Matthew Martin added three and Seth Long two.

“Cedar Bluff is a young team, mostly of sixth- and seventh-graders with a few eighth-graders … most of them haven’t played at this level,” Giants head coach Bryan Ware said. “But they’re playing hard and they’re learning a lot about basketball.”


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