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Farragut sweeps Lenoir City

Farragut's Blake Williams, 24, scores the go-ahead winning basket in Tuesday night's match-up against Lenoir City.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Angry about its poor defense in a loss at Lenoir City Dec. 7, Farragut’s Lady Admirals clamped down hard and smothered LC during round two — this one in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Tuesday.

Holding the Lady Panthers to a combined nine points in the second and third quarters, Farragut (16-4 overall, 5-3 in District 4-AAA) ripped Lenoir City 52-31 in a 4-AAA battle Jan. 18.

A dramatic finish in the boys game would give FHS a sweep.

“Our girls did a great job in half-court defense,” Lady Admirals head coach Wes Edmonds said. “We watched some tape of the first game [losing 58-52], and the girls were sick at themselves watching all the defensive mistakes they made.”

Farragut’s senior trio of wing Katie Cargo (15 points), post Hayley Newby (14) and wing Jessica Griswold (13) led the winning charge offensively.

Capping off a perfect Farragut hoops night was Chris Cool’s boys winning in dramatic fashion, 63-61, courtesy of a Blake Williams driving basket with four seconds left in the game.

Williams, a junior wing who ended with a team-high 25 points, was followed by senior wing Taylor Diegel’s 17, which included three consecutive 3-point baskets late in the third quarter helping cut a 10-point Panthers lead.

“Blake is Blake, he’s been scoring for us all year,” said Cool, whose Ads improve to 9-10 overall, 2-6 in District 4-AAA. “He hits big shots.

“Taylor really sparked us in that third quarter,” Cool added. “I thought we rebounded well in the last quarter.”

Lenoir City tied the game 61-61 thanks to a three-point basket with 17 seconds remaining before Williams’ heroics.

Cool praised back-up point guards Brian Park, a freshman, and sophomore DeMarcus Martin — the pair pressed into duty thanks to an ankle injury, suffered in practice, by starting senior point guard Craig Leuthold.

“They scored five points apiece, and they did a lot of great things for us filling in,” the FHS boys skipper said.

Overall, “We just had a lot of heart tonight,” Cool added. “The kids played hard, they’ve been playing hard.”


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