Ads tripped up by Blue Devils
Harriman steals, runs past FarragutGiven Harriman’s ability to force Farragut turnovers and quickly convert them into lay-ups, Admirals skipper Chris Cool pointed to one especially discouraging number.
“We had 18 turnovers at halftime; I don’t know what we ended up with but we were keeping it until halftime,” Cool said after Class AAA Farragit lost to Class A Harriman 74-55 Tuesday night, Nov. 29, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.
Except for a brief run, things didn’t improve in the second half.
Leading 34-18 at halftime, the Blue Devils [2-2] built a 24-point lead, 71-47, midway into the fourth quarter. “I bet they had 30 points off of turnovers and us not getting back on defense after we made a basket,” Cool said.
That’s despite 30 points from Ads senior guard Nick Rogers. “I think they were pretty deep with their bench,” Rogers said. “We just didn’t get back on defense. Turnovers really killed us.” read more
FHS girls fall to powerhouseFarragut and McMinn Central girls basketball teams have one thing in common this season: a lack of overall size among its starters and top reserves.
Two major differences, however, were pointed out as key to a 56-41 Chargers victory Thursday night, Dec. 1, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium: overall MCHS experience [four senior starters] and big-game experience, given the Chargers’ regular appearances in TSSAA Class AA state tournaments.
Farragut [3-3 starting the week] trailed 27-19 at halftime and 40-31 after three quarters. McMinn Central improved to 5-2.
As a team, “We’ve just got to get on the same page defensively a little bit. ... When we’re not making our shots we kind of go into a shell defensively,” Ads skipper Jason Mayfield said. read more
Defensive state title struggle goes against Webb lateCOOKEVILLE — A slew of clutch defensive plays, including three turnovers forced, allowed Webb School of Knoxville to keep Lausanne’s powerful offense off the scoreboard for three quarters.
But the Memphis-based school, led by elusive quarterback Mario Nolan-Dillard, running back Eric Gray and superior overall size, put together a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives to edge the Spartans.
Lausanne won this Division II-A state title game at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium, 12-9, Thursday evening, Dec. 1.
Webb’s often lethal speed-and-power running attack was held in check. The Spartans [11-2] managed just 133 total yards — only 10 passing. The Lynx [14-0] ended with 321 total yards. “Our defense played great and their defense played great,” Webb head coach Dave Meske said. “It was a struggle for both offenses. … We just struggled to move the ball consistently. It had a lot to do with them. … With their front seven, as far as team size, they were probably the biggest we’ve played all year. And they also could run to the football.” read more
HVA girls’ defense rules; boys fall late to E. HamiltonHARDIN VALLEY — Getting a combined 31 points from its top two post players, plus solid defense, Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball improved to 6-1 after rolling past East Hamilton 52-28 at HVA Thursday, Dec. 1.
Abbey Cornelius, Hawks junior post, scored a game-high 20 points, while senior post Symphony Buxton added 11.
Meanwhile, despite Tristen Waite’s 21 points, the Hawks boys fell to 3-4 entering the week after a fourth-quarter EHHS rally secured a 78-75 Hurricanes win.
During a 26-9 Hawks edge in the second quarter, “Tristen got hot and made a few shots,” Hawks boys head coach Shane Chambers said.
As for the HVA girls, “in the second half we had some spark from Madison Clevenger, getting some big offensive rebounds for us,” head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “Bekah Hampton was able to get some transition layups [eight point total] and so was Paige Gentry.” read more