Doubling down hard, decisive in ‘The Valley’

26-point 3rd quarter leads FHS boys to blowout at HVA

HARDIN VALLEY — Both the Hardin Valley Academy and Farragut High School boys basketball teams have had their share of offensive struggles this season, and when the two District 4-AAA rivals collided Friday night, Jan. 4, it seemed to be a microcosm of the season.

At least that was the case early. But the Admirals would find some production after halftime and cruised to a 58-38 victory at HVA.

Farragut, which used a late second-quarter surge to open a 22-14 halftime lead, exploded and scored 26 points in the third stanza.

The Ads (7-12 overall, 3-4 in District 4-AAA) got a huge lift from freshman guard Dillon Atwell, who scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the third stanza.

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Depth keys 67-33 Lady Ads win

HARDIN VALLEY — Brooke Christian didn’t start Farragut High School’s recent District 4-AAA game at Hardin Valley Academy, but she wasn’t on the bench long.

Christian provided a huge spark to help propel the Lady Admirals to a 67-33 victory over the Lady Hawks Friday night, Jan. 4.

She entered early in the first quarter and promptly scored eight points off the bench.

“Sometimes it’s nice to come in and have energy when everybody else is a little tired,” said Christian, a senior wing and varsity standout since her freshman year. “I don’t really mind (coming off the bench) because I know that we all get to rotate and we all get our chances to start.”

She would score 11 points for the Lady Ads (15-4 overall, 5-2 in the district), who opened an 18-2 lead in the first quarter.

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Third in WVMS tourney, FMS boys whip 2 ‘villes’

Alex Doerger (4), Farragut Middle School seventh-grade post, goes up over a Greeneville defender for a shot in the paint.
KNOXVILLE — Farragut Middle School boys basketball team had its final tune-up for the upcoming James A. Ivey Memorial Basketball Tournament.

FMS took third place in West Valley New Year’s Tournament, notching a 31-26 victory versus Greeneville Saturday afternoon, Jan. 5.

“This was a good game for us. They were a good team, and we got two pretty good wins,” FMS boys head coach Randy Swartzentruber said after the Admirals opened tournament play with a 34-25 win over Robertsville Thursday, Jan. 3. “Hopefully we can use this to get ready for this week.”

The Admirals (12-6) lost to Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference rival Bearden 41-31 in the semifinals Friday, Jan. 4, setting the stage for Saturday’s showdown with the Greene Devils (8-7).

Alex Doerger, FMS seventh- grade center, used his 6-foot-5 frame to dominate the final six minutes. He scored eight of Farragut’s 10 fourth-quarter points, ending with 14.

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‘Best game of the season’ for Lady Lions; CCS boys fall

Ashley Penland, CCS Lady Lions junior guard, looks to beat Berean defensive pressure as she dribbles past midcourt.
Head coach Shane Mynatt labeled his Concord Christian School Lady Lions’ 46-32 home basketball victory against Berean Christian School “our best game of the season.”

Improving to 3-8 following this Friday night, Jan. 4, victory, CCS was led in scoring by Ashley Penland, junior guard, with a game-high 21 points.

Madi Mee, junior guard, added 11 points for the winners, followed by freshman Kylie Philllips scoring nine and senior post Elizabeth Dawson with four points. Freshman Sydney Petersen added a free throw.

The CCS boys hung close versus Berean for a while, trailing 35-31 at halftime before losing 78-66.

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CAK sweep features 36-point dominance

KNOXVILLE — For the first half against Pigeon Forge, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s boys basketball team was locked in a dogfight.

Enter senior wing Jason Ozment. “Jason really changed the tone of the game,” Warriors’ head coach Shane Wells said about Ozment, who scored CAK’s first 13 points of the second half, ending with a game-high 22, turning a nailbiter into a blowout, 72-36, Saturday night, Jan. 5, at CAK.

“Jason did a good job. He played good defense, got some steals and rebounds,” the coach added.

“It was big for us because we have some big district games coming up,” Ozment said. “This will help us get ready for those.”

The Warriors (12-3) completed a season sweep of PFHS (6-11).

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