Farragut sweeps Govs start to finish
By Grant Ramey | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Farragut and William Blount reversed roles Tuesday night inside Marvin L. Boring Gymnasium, but the outcome was the same, thanks much in part to Farragut’s DeMarcus Martin.
The last meeting, a 2-point Farragut win on Dec. 11 in West Knoxville, was controlled by the visiting Govs before the home team rallied. Tuesday night Farragut led from start to finish, holding off a William Blount rally for a 65-49 District 4-AAA win.
Martin scored a game-high 26 points and Brian Park added 13 to help visiting Farragut (10-10, 5-5 4-AAA) to the win. Cameron Turner scored 11 and Billy Williams had 9.
Martin had 25 in Farragut’s win over the Govs earlier this season.
“DeMarcus Martin is a very good player for them,” Govs coach Kevin Windle said. “Against us he’s had 51 points.
“Anytime Farragut hits eight 3s, they’re going to be hard to beat. They shot the eyes out of it. And we didn’t shoot as good as we normally do.”
Jaden Bailey was the only Gov in double-figures, leading William Blount (7-17, 2-8) with 21 points. Taylor DeArmond had 7 while Cody Mathis and Joel Graham scored 6 each.
“At their place, it was kind of an opposite game,” Windle said. “We led the entire game and they had a comeback to win. And then this game, they led the entire game, we had a slight comeback, had it (down) to 8 with the ball and never could get it any closer and they held on to win.”
An Austin Haworth 3-point play made it a 45-37 Farragut lead with just seconds remaining in the third quarter, but Farragut’s Williams had time for a put-back to beat the buzzer and give the Admirals a 10-point lead going into the final frame.
“We just didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” Windle said. “A lot of times the ball would bounce and it would get kicked right to one of their guys and he would make shot. Or something like that.
“They made big plays at crucial times.”
The Govs travel to Bearden tonight in another tough district game, one that was rescheduled in the midst of last week’s floods.
“It’s a quick turnaround, but it’s just like tournament,” Windle said, “that’s what it’s preparing us for, that’s what we talked about (after the game).
“We’re preparing ourself for tournament play this week.”
No. 9 Farragut 57, Lady Govs 42
Farragut took advantage of William Blount’s foul trouble to pick up another district win.
More specifically, the Lady Admirals, tied atop the District 4-AAA standings, took advantage of Haley Talbott’s foul trouble.
Talbott, the Lady Govs most potent scoring threat, sat out most of the third quarter after picking up her third foul with just over two minutes to go before halftime and Farragut used a 19-5 advantage in the third frame to turn what was a two-point halftime lead into a second half rout and a 57-42 district win.
Shelby Spradlin had 12 points, Amber Click had 11 and Lindsey Roddy scored 10 to pick up the slack in Talbott’s absence.
Talbott had 5 for William Blount (11-13, 5-5 Dist. 4-AAA) while Samantha Henry and Ami Hartline added 2 each.
Farragut (20-2, 9-1) had double-digit efforts from Katie Overton (12 points), Whitney Smith (11) and Madison Blevins (11). Anna Woodford and Madison Maples added 7 each.
William Blount rallied from a 17-10 deficit with an 8-0 run, capped by a Spradlin lay-up off a Talbott assist, to take an 18-17 lead midway through the second. But Talbott picked up her third foul just moments later.
The Lady Ads used an 8-0 run of their own to start the third quarter and make it a 10-point game at 29-19 before William Blount was forced to take a timeout. Farragut led 40-24 going into the fourth quarter.
The week doesn’t get any easier for Todd Wright’s William Blount team tonight when the Lady Govs travel to Bearden (17-4, 9-1), the other team tied atop the 4-AAA standings after handing Farragut its only loss, a 35-33 decision, on Jan. 4.
William Blount is responsible for Bearden’s only district loss, though, as the Lady Govs picked up a 56-49 win on Dec. 4 inside Marvin L. Boring Gymnasium, when Talbott used six 3-pointers to score a game-high 23 points.
FARRAGUT 65, WILLIAM BLOUNT 49
F 16 21 10 18 — 65
WB 8 13 16 12 — 49
FARRAGUT (10-10, 5-5): DeMarcus Martin 26, Brian Park 13, Cameron Turner 11, Billy Williams 9, Keegan McGuire 2, Drew Driscoll 2, Marvin Mendy 2.
WILLIAM BLOUNT (7-17, 2-8): Jaden Bailey 21, Taylor DeArmond 7, Cody Mathis 6, Joel Graham 6, Reed Daniels 4, Austin Haworth 3, Hunter Pesterfield 2.
3-POINTERS: Farragut 8 (Martin 4, Park 2, Turner 2); William Blount 2 (Bailey 1, Mathis 1).
NO. 9 FARRAGUT 57, LADY GOVS 42
F 11 10 19 17 — 57
WB 7 12 5 18 — 42
FARRAGUT (20-2, 9-1): Katie Overton 13, Whitney Smith 11, Madison Blevins 11, Anna Woodford 7, Madison Maples 7, Rebecca Jameson 6, Kristen Freeman 2.
WILLIAM BLOUNT (11-13, 5-5): Shelby Spradlin 12, Amber Click 11, Lindsey Roddy 10, Haley Talbott 5, Ami Hartline 2, Samantha Henry 2.
3-POINTERS: Farragut 6 (Smith 3, Overton 2, Maples 1); William Blount 1 (Talbott).