Holidays come early for Cool
Admirals finally beat a District 4-AAA giantIn his fourth season as Farragut High School boys basketball head coach, Chris Cool finally beat a District 4-AAA giant.
Farragut’s 51-33 home victory against West Friday night, Dec. 13, also marked the first time any current FHS player has ever knocked off the Rebels.
“I didn’t want to lose to these dudes no more,” said FHS senior post Billy Williams, cleared to play after an on-court health scare one week earlier who scored a game-high 18 points.
“West has always had great teams and we just could never get over the hump,” said Ads senior guard Cameron Turner, who scored 17. “Tonight we just finally broke it open and played well. It was awesome to finally beat West.”
Cool said he told his team, “‘Tonight, here’s what you’ve got to do to win: you’ve got to play defense, you’ve got to get rebounds and you’ve got to break the press. If you do those three things, you’re going to win.’
“And I thought we did all three pretty well.”
While pointing out Williams’ and Turner’s scoring, “Matthew Eggert [10 points] played a great game tonight. And Brian [Park] and Matthew Odom played great defense and got rebounds and did the dirty work. I think it was a collective effort from those five guys,” Cool added.
Farragut improved to 4-6 overall, 2-2 in district after Friday’s win.
Meanwhile, Farragut’s Lady Admirals improved to 9-1 overall, 4-0 in 4-AAA, pulling away in the second half and winning easily, 66-41. read more
Admirals snap losing streakIt was a bitter-sweet night for the Farragut High School hockey club Thursday, Dec. 12. The good thing was that the Admirals snapped a two-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, the Ads didn’t win. Farragut only managed to salvage a 4-4 tie in its Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association showdown against the Knoxville Knights at the Icearium.
The result, however, left head coach Rob Despins feeling encouraged.
“These kids went for the win and they weren’t going to give up,” said Despins, who has watched his team battle adversity all season due to injuries and downright lack of depth. “We’ve been playing with a short bench all season.
“It would have been great to get a win against those guys. They’re the top team in the league. But these kids weren’t going to give up. It’s great, as a coach, when you see and feel that kind of energy on the bench. When you see that, that’s all you can ask.”
Farragut (1-2-1) entered the game without defenseman Austin Scheidt, who has been sidelined with injury since the season-opening win against the Knights. Ross Ludington, another defenseman, also missed the Ads’ most recent game due to injury.
The Admirals’ defense took another blow when Brandon Timmis drew a 10-minute misconduct penalty in the second period. read more
Lady Bullldogs nab victory from HVAIt was a night of inconsistency for the Bearden High School girls basketball team, but the Lady Bulldogs did enough to nab a 59-48 District 4-AAA home victory over Hardin Valley Academy Friday, Dec. 13.
“We just looked inconsistent in the first half,” Bearden head coach Justin Underwood said. “Our offense was good but I wasn’t happy with our defense because they pretty much matched us possession for possession.”
Despite its defensive struggles, Bearden (10-1 overall, 4-0 in the district) did enough to open an 18-10 lead in the first quarter before the Lady Hawks pulled to within 32-28 by halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, came out hot and stepped up the defensive pressure to blow a close game open in the third quarter. Bearden scored the first 11 points of the frame to open a 43-28 lead, which was culminated by Holly Hagood’s bucket midway through the period.
During that stretch, Lexus Norwood buried back-to-back 3-point jumpers to push the Lady Bulldogs’ advantage to 38-28 with 5:04 remaining in the quarter.
Senior guard and captain Erin Walsh also was key in the run. She scored eight of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter to help the Lady Bulldogs open a 49-36 lead by the end of the frame. read more
Hawks rally past Bearden, remain 4-0 in districtSince the Hardin Valley Academy’s boys basketball team joined District 4-AAA it has yet to lose a league game.
The Hawks kept that streak going with a 77-74 comeback victory before a boisterous crowd Friday night, Dec. 13, at Bearden High School.
HVA (7-2 overall, 4-0 in the district) used a big second half to nab its latest league win. The Hawks clinched the game with a pair of free throws by Blaine Shockley and another by Zak Carter in the final 30 seconds.
Bearden had a chance to send the game to overtime but Jack Graham’s desperation 3-pointer came up short as time expired.
The Hawks might have prevailed in a thriller, but early on Hardin Valley’s district winning streak was in jeopardy as the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-1) opened a 43-27 lead by halftime.
HVA reversed its fortunes in the second half. The Hawks were hot and used a 26-13 run to claw their way back into the game. Hardin Valley trailed 56-53 by the end of the third quarter.
“We just had to come out [in the third quarter] and hit them in the mouth,” said Shockley, who scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime and converted two foul shots to give the Hawks a 76-74 lead with 26.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. “This was our hardest game to this point and we’ll have other tough games against Maryville. read more