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Thompson, FHS senior post, looks to make a move in the lane while surrounded by four HVA Hawks, including senior Gavin Eidemiller, right, during the Hawks versus Admirals clash in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Friday night, Jan. 5. Farragut won 46-41.
For three quarters of its District 4-AAA game against rival Hardin Valley Academy, Farragut High School’s boys basketball team struggled to find its offensive rhythm. But the Admirals managed to manufacture enough points to nab a crucial home league victory.

“We’ve been talking about making winning plays and we’ve talked about winning tight games,” Farragut head coach Jon Higgins said after his Admirals outlasted the Hawks 46-41 at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Friday, Jan. 5. “Even when our offense was awful, we still played pretty good defense.”

Farragut’s offense wasn’t merely abysmal in the first half — it was nearly non-existent. The Admirals [8-9 overall, 2-5 in the district] scored just eight points over the opening 16 minutes.

Hardin Valley [7-10, 1-6], however, didn’t fare much better. But the Hawks scored enough to have a 13-8 lead at halftime.

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Lady Hawks edge Farragut to stay perfect in district

Looking to pass is Malaka Grice, HVA sophomore post, while guarded by Claire Wyatt, FHS sophomore wing.
Hardin Valley Academy’s girls basketball team continued its winning ways Friday night, Jan. 5. But the Lady Hawks had to work for their latest victory.

For starters, they were in a hostile environment at Farragut High’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Making things worse, HVA lost starting point guard Paige Gentry in the second quarter with a leg injury.

But the Lady Hawks held on late, nabbing a 43-42 District 4-AAA victory.

“I think our team showed so much toughness. We had to win this game without Paige and this is a tough place to win,” Lady Hawks head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “... Lizzie [Davis] did a good job running the point after we lost Paige.”

Hardin Valley improved to 15-2 overall whle keeping its perfect league record, 7-0, intact.

The Lady Hawks featured a stifling defense out of the gate, surrendering just two points to the Lady Admirals [9-7 overall, 4-3 in the district] in the first quarter.

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FHS gets $10,000 as Hill’s ‘impact’ on Raby rewarded

Jean Hill is recognized for Extra Yard For Teachers Award at FHS Friday night, Jan. 5, after being nominated by Vanderbilt junior pitcher Patrick Raby (second from right). Also part of the ceremony are Ryan Siebe, left, FHS principal, and Donald Dodgen, athletic director.
Vanderbilt University media personnel knew Patrick Raby was the ideal VU student-athlete — Commodores junior starting pitcher with a 3.33 grade point average — to ask for his choice of one grade school teacher who most impacted his life.

This former All-State pitcher and staff ace with the Farragut Admirals, Class of 2015, also made FHS $10,000 richer through an SEC Network program.

It’s no wonder Jean Hill, retired FHS business principles and computer applications teacher, wore VU black and gold last Friday night, Jan. 5.

Asked if he had “’any inspirational teachers’, the first one that came to mind was Mrs. Hill,” Raby said after Hill was honored at FHS as SEC Nation’s Extra Yard For Teachers Vanderbilt representative.

A short ceremony came between Admirals varsity basketball games versus Hardin Valley Academy in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

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Guards combine for 50 as Bearden ends Irish win streaks, goes 7-0 in 4-AAA

KNOXVILLE — Bearden High School’s boys basketball team kept its perfect District 4-AAA record intact Friday night, Jan. 5. The Bulldogs also retained sole possession of first place in league standings.

But things didn’t come easily as Bearden notched an 81-68 road victory over Knoxville Catholic.

“Catholic is a tough team but we knew that,” Jeremy Parrott, BHS head coach, said.

Bearden [19-1 overall, 7-0 in District 4-AAA after the win] used another big second half to snap the Irish’s 33-game home winning streak and 12-game win streak this season.

The Bulldogs received a stellar effort from their backcourt, as guards Ques Glover and Trent Stephney, both juniors and three-year starters, combined to scored 50 points.

Glover scored a game-high 26 points while Stephney had 24. Drew Pember and Roman Robinson added seven points apiece.

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