FMS girls claim 2nd straight Knox tourney championship
Farragut Middle School girls basketball celebrates yet another Knox County championship.
KNOXVILLE — Susan Davidson left Karns Middle School counting her blessings Thursday, Feb. 15.
“I just feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to coach these girls for the last three years,” Davidson said after her Farragut Middle School girls basketball team outlasted South-Doyle 30-26 to win the James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle School Basketball Tournament, for a second straight season, in KMS’s Thomas L. Duff Memorial Gymnasium.
“All of these eighth graders are special and we couldn’t have done this without [assistant coach] Mike Henry. He’s the inspiration to every girl on this team. He’s the leader of our FCA chapter on campus.”
When the second-seeded Lady Admirals posted its slim victory over the top-seeded Lady Cherokees, it not only marked Farragut’s second consecutive tournament final, it also avenged a 43-42 regular season loss to South-Doyle in FMS’s Bobby J. Henry Gymnasium.
Jakhyia Davis, center, Bearden sophomore post, was named District 4-AAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Grace van Rij, left, BHS senior post, and Annaka Hall, Lady Bulldogs junior wing, hold up their All-District tourney plaques alongside Davis.
LENOIR CITY — Bearden High School’s girls basketball team culminated an improbable run with a District 4-AAA championship Monday night. The Lady Bulldogs played what may very well have been their best defensive game of the season.
Defensive netted BHS a 51-25 victory over Maryville and a district title at Lenoir City High School Feb 19.
The victory was Bearden’s 11th consecutive win and 12th over a district foe after the Lady Bulldogs dropped three of their first four district contests to open the league campaign.
Dillon Atwood of Farragut puts up this one-handed shot in the face of Gresham defensive pressure during James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle School Basketball Tournament championship game at Karns Middle School Thursday night, Feb. 15. The GMS Gladiators rallied late to win the crown 52-48.
KNOXVILLE — One thing was for certain when Farragut and Gresham played for the James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle School Basketball Tournament Championship Thursday. Feb. 15.
Either the Admirals or the Gladiators were going to write a happy ending to a fairy tale season.
And on this night, it was Gresham that would finish off the Cinderella story.
LENOIR CITY — A 14-0 Farragut run to end the first quarter, erasing an early 10-2 Catholic lead, featured post defense so good “I would say that’s the best any team has played me all year,” said Brock Jancek, Irish 6-foot-7 star senior post. “Getting on my back and fronting me.”
Holding KCHS to just three points for more than eight minutes in the first half, the Admirals held a 30-19 lead three minutes into the third quarter of this District 4-AAA tourney quarterfinal game at Lenoir City High School Friday night, Feb. 16.
LENOIR CITY — Bearden High School’s boys basketball team recently completed a perfect regular-season run through the District 4-AAA league schedule. The Bulldogs, however, got a bit of a scare from fourth-seeded William Blount Saturday night, Feb. 17, in the district tournament semifinals.
But the Bulldogs, the state’s second-ranked Class AAA team and tournament’s top seed, survived with a 56-43 victory over the Governors at Lenoir City High School.