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A sweep for West vs. FHS

Poor shooting and turnovers helped West High School get a District 4-AAA sweep over Farragut Friday night, Jan. 13, in Marble City.

Cold fourth-quarter shooting doomed the Lady Admirals in a 52-35 loss while the Farragut boys fell 79-52 to a tenacious and athletic Rebels squad.

The Admirals lost to the Rebels, a preseason favorite to come away with the district title, for the second time this season.

Despite a second lopsided loss to West, Farragut had some good moments.

“Our style of play is pretty good but we need to play four solid quarters,” said Admirals senior guard Connor Martens, who led Farragut with 13 points. “You can lose by 30 points and still improve. We have a lot of basketball left to play and we just have to have confidence.”

Farragut (9-11 overall, 3-5 in the district) attempted to control the tempo. Martens scored the game’s first points but it was a rapid downhill slide from there. After opening the early 2-0 lead, the Admirals then began to frequently turn over the basketball. The miscues led to a 12-0 run by West (13-3, 7-1).

“Our kids played hard,” Ads head coach Chris Cool said. “But we had double-digit turnovers in the first half and they got easy lay-ups. When you play a team like this, you just can’t have however many turnovers we had. The turnovers were the key to the game.”

The Rebels had three players score in double figures, led by JayJuan Mitchell with 17.

Meanwhile, the Lady Admirals were plagued by cold shooting throughout.

The FHS girls (16-5, 5-3), who blew the Lady Rebels away in the first meeting, were down 7-6 by the end of the first quarter. Farragut, however, battled back to lead 21-15 by halftime.

The Lady Rebels (8-12, 3-5) mounted a modest third-quarter surge to pull to within 31-30. West’s Shamry Butler hit a buzzer beater to culminate a 10-0 run to close the frame.

“We didn’t play Farragut basketball,” Lady Ads head coach Wes Edmonds said. “We try to play inside out and we didn’t do a very good job doing that tonight.

Anna Brinson, who led FHS with 15 points, buried a pair of long-range jumpers in the second quarter. Madison Maples provided spark in the frame with a pair of 3-pointers.


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