After 57 fouls, Ads win at Bradley

‘Confidence’ woes for 0-3 FHS girls

Anna Woodford, FHS senior forward, fires a jumper surrounded by three Bearette defenders. CLEVELAND — With 57 fouls whistled in its second game of the season, Farragut’s boys improved to 2-0 when its senior point guard protected the ball late and sank free throws.

Keegan McGuire converted seven of eight free throws in the final four minutes — nailing 12 of 16 for the game — which were critical to a 59-54 Ads win at Bradley Central in the Bears’ season opener Friday night, Nov. 21.

“It was very physical, the refs did a great job. They called it real tight, kept the hands off,” McGuire, who scored a team-high 16 points, said about the victory. “I think we played really well. I think we had to be strong with the ball and hit free throws.

“That’s what won the game for us was free throws.”

Tied 10-10 after one period, the Admirals built an eight-point second quarter lead and took a 23-18 edge to halftime. An 11-3 Bradley run, led by wings Daniel Clark (game-high 20 points) and Tucker Maroon (six 3-point field goals, 18 points) put the Bears up 29-26.
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Webb ‘D’ stops ECS; BGA next

Warriors’ defense wears down at Alcoa after 14-7 halftime lead

It’s a look of intensity from Bearden freshman defender Trinity Lee, as Campbell County’s Kasi Phillips tries to set up her team’s offense. Holding Evangelical Christian School’s offense scoreless, Webb School of Knoxville football once again has reached the TSSAA Division II-A state championship game.

Two short scoring runs and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brock Beeler, Spartans senior quarterback, were enough in a 21-7 state semifinal win at Faust Field Friday night, Nov. 21. Andrew Craig caught the TD pass.

“Our front seven and our defensive backs have all played really well,” said Webb head coach Dave Meske, whose Spartans (9-3) are seeking the program’s fifth state title in six years and eighth overall. “That’s the strength of our team, how well we play on defense.

“We’ve had some ups and downs this year, but right now we’re playing better than we’ve played all year,” he added.
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Hawks set record, win ‘fun game’ 121-114

Youthful HVA girls responding despite Cantrell knee injury

Tyler Thompson, HVA junior post, drives to the basket as Carter’s Spencer Chamberlain awaits. With enough scoring prowess and depth, good teams can come back from a 14-point second quarter deficit — even against an explosive, undefeated opponent on the road.

In a shootout to beat all shootouts raising eyebrows throughout East Tennessee, Hardin Valley Academy made school history Tuesday night, Nov. 18, against Carter with a 121-114 victory.

“It’s absolutely one of the most fun games I’ve ever coached in my life … We had a blast. Guys just playing hard and getting after it,” HVA head coach Keith Galloway said after his team improved to 3-1.

Using his entire 15-player bench, “The reason we won that game is because they got tired, I think, and they didn’t have the depth that we had,” Galloway added.

Tyler Thompson, junior post, led Hardin Valley with 34 points. Senior wing Blaine Shockley added 21, junior forward Tyler Durden 19 and senior forward Jordan McCroskey with 13.
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Blevins: Smith’s ‘38-23’ night ‘one of 2 best’ as BHS teams sweep

Ty Chandler, Bearden junior guard, right, slides on the floor with Campbell County’s Landon Reese for a loose ball at midcourt. The Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 70-48, Thursday night, Nov. 20, at BHS. A matter-of-fact Bearden boys basketball victory included a special performance by a Mark Blevins-coached Bulldog.

Leading BHS to a 70-48 home victory against Campbell County, 6-foot-5 junior post Jason Smith scored 38 points while raking down 23 rebounds — almost single-handedly holding off a Cougars third quarter rally with his inside scoring and boardwork in this Thursday, Nov. 20, game.

“I think that’s one of the two best performances we’ve had as far as rebounds and points,” Blevins said about his 21 seasons as BHS varsity boys head coach, which has included six trips to the TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament.

Coming off a 58-55 home victory against Jefferson County two days before, Bearden improved its record to 4-0.

“They came out and they pressed, and we were having trouble at first finding out how to beat it,” Smith said about Campbell County’s rally. “But personally, for me, I was just trying to come out after halftime and get my legs back under me.”
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