Two motivating factors, revenge for a 23-point loss at Coalfield four days before and wanting to go out a winner on Farragut High School Senior Night, propelled Chris Cool’s boys hoops team to a commanding win.
Pulling away in the second half, and once again led in scoring by 1,000-point-club senior guard Nick Rogers [25 points], the Admirals avenged the early week lopsided loss with a 71-50 blowout victory Friday, Feb. 10, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.
“When we came out at Coalfield we weren’t very focused and we were messing around the in locker room. It was just a bad game overall,” said senior post Chance Bolen, who scored 10 points Friday.
“Tonight we wanted to play our game,” Bolen added. “It was a good game to go out on.”
Farragut’s final 4-10 record in District 4-AAA play earned a No. 7 seed in this week’s district tourney at Hardin Valley Academy, facing No. 6 seed Heritage in a season-elimination game Tues-day, Feb. 14 (after deadline). The Ads’ final regular season record was 10-14. Coalfield ended 15-11.
A Farragut win against Heritage would earn a quarterfinal game against host HVA, No. 3 seed, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., Thursday [tonight], Feb. 16, with a trip to the Region 2-AAA tourney at stake.
Rogers, who often has to carry the team’s scoring load, ended the regular season with 1,124 career points — most of that during the last two seasons.
“I guess you could say I score a lot of the points, but when we start getting other people involved I think it’s really easy to put up points like we saw tonight,” Rogers said. “This was a good game to go out on for sure.”
“Before the game we were all hyped up, we just couldn’t lose this game,” said Elijah Thomas, FHS senior wing who scored 12 while holding CHS star Parker McKinney, who scored 30 in the first game, to 10 points in the Admirals’ box-and-one defense.
Cool recalled telling his team, “If you hold [McKinney] to almost nothing we win.”
We definitely didn’t want to lose, it’s the last game at home and we got blown out the first time,” said Shawn McKay, Ads senior guard who scored 13. “We played hard and made some shots.” Other FHS scorers were Ethan Sherrill with seven and Luke Moeller adding four points.
Cool reached his own personal milestone Friday, winning his 100th game as Admirals skipper.