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Marvin Mendy, Farragut sophomore post, finishes off a slam dunk against Fulton. Mendy and his Admirals edged the Falcons in overtime 56-53.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Farragut High School boys basketball team headed to the holiday break on a high note.

The Admirals closed the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a 56-53 overtime victory over Fulton at home Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Farragut (6-6 entering the week) started fast but had to mount a modest comeback to force overtime against the Falcons.

The Admirals scored the first six points of the contest and opened a 12-5 lead by first quarter’s end in a game marred by turnovers.

Blake Williams, Farragut’s senior guard, scored a game-high 27 points and ended the game with a stellar defensive play.

Williams blocked the game’s final 3-point shot by Kelvin Jackson that would’ve forced a second overtime.

“We struggled on offense all night,” Williams said. “Defense is what won the game tonight.

“Defense kept us close all night.”

Farragut, which led 20-12 at halftime, finally surrendered its advantage early in the fourth period when Falcon Brody Stone converted a pair of foul shots to give Fulton a 31-30 lead with 7:52 remaining in regulation.

From there, the roller coaster ride continued.

The Falcons (4-6 after the loss) held a 43-41 lead late but Williams tied the game with a pair of foul shots with 13.1 seconds left.

Fulton held the early upper hand in overtime but the Admirals turned up the defensive pressure in the final minute as Brian Park and Demarcus Martin had steals that led to easy buckets.

Martin, who finished with 15 points, combined with Williams to generate all of the Admirals’ overtime offense.

Meanwhile, Farragut’s girls won two out of three in the Smoky Mountain Classic.

The Lady Admirals routed Lee County (Ala.) 61-23 Thursday, Dec. 22, in Gatlinburg. Farragut (12-2) had four players score in double figures.

Katie Overton led the way with 13 points.

Whitney Smith added 11 while Rebecca Jameson and Anna Brinson finished with 10 points each.

The Lady Admirals had mixed success Dec. 21.

Farragut opened the tourney with a 57-40 victory over Oldham County (Ky.). Smith scored 10 points.

Farragut, however, dropped an evening tilt to Perry County (Ky.) 47-39 despite getting 11 points from Madyson Newby and nine from Brinson.

Farragut head coach Wes Edmonds kept the late setback in its proper place.

“It was a long day and I think everything caught up to us against Perry County,” he said. “At 8:30 in the morning, our kids were taking exams.

“We played at 3:30 against Oldham County and we played a good first quarter of Farragut basketball,” he added.

“We got up 25-5 and pretty much controlled the game. Against Perry County, we were supposed to play at 8:30 and things were running late and we didn’t get on the floor until 9:20. Perry County is also a very good team.”


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