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FHS decks Irish twice

Preston Spalding, FHS junior post, blocks an Irish shot near the basket.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
The early portion of the 2011-12 basketball season has been one thing for the Farragut High School boys squad – streaky.

The Admirals (5-6 overall, 2-2 in District 4-AAA staring the week), who opened the campaign with three straight losses, won their next three games and then dropped three more. Farragut has rebounded to win its last two games.

Their latest victory came at home Friday night over Catholic, grinding out a 57-52 decision.

“We’ve had a wacky sort of season,” Ads head coach Chris Cool said. “We started 0-3 and then won three straight.

“Then I got kicked out at Campbell County for doing basically nothing and had to sit out the next three games and that really threw us for a loop.”

Farragut showed up to play against the Irish and led most of the way en route to victory. The contest was close throughout as Catholic head coach Mike Hutchens designed a defense to stop junior guard Blake Williams, the Ads’ top scorer and undisputed team leader.

Williams scored just eight points but he dished out multiple assists.

“I was really proud of Blake,” Cool said. “Coach Hutchens designed a good defense against him. But he had a lot of assists.”

Farragut had plenty of players ready to step up and share the spotlight. Demarcus Martin scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and junior center Preston Spalding, who had 16 points against William Blount in an earlier victory last week, scored nine points Friday night.

“We’re really starting to come together as a team,” Spalding said. “Coach told us that we really needed to win these last two games if we were going to get where we need to be in the district. This is such a tough district and anybody can beat anybody on any given night. We just have to go out there and play the best we can.”

While Farragut boys prevailed in a tough one, the Lady Admirals didn’t have any trouble with Catholic Friday night.

Farragut routed the Lady Irish 57-28 and bounced back nicely after dropping a 54-50 heartbreaker to William Blount Tuesday, Dec 13.

The Lady Admirals (10-1, 3-1) wasted little time putting Catholic (3-5, 1-3) away. Farragut outscored the Lady Irish 17-0 in the first quarter and opened a 30-5 lead by halftime.

Senior forward Anna Brinson led Farragut with 15 points and doubled Catholic’s offensive output in the first half, scoring 10 points before the break.

“We didn’t have to make a huge effort to get up for this game,” Brinson said. “We were really frustrated and things kind of took off for us.”

The Lady Admirals had a balanced offensive attack as many of their youngsters saw significant playing time. Katie Overton finished with 11 points. Madison Maples and Madison Blevins score nine points each. Madyson Newby contributed six points.

“It’s great to have a game like this,” Farragut head coach Wes Edmonds said. “This is the way our team works. Everybody scores a little bit and everybody plays tough defense.”

The Lady Ads surrendered only a pair of free throws and one 3-point field goal in the first half.


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