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The Tigers from Fayetteville High School (11-7) suffered two upset road trips last week, going down to Moore County and Community. Both teams are struggling to stay out of the district cellar.
The loss to Community came in overtime. Fortunately for FHS, with Huntland’s loss to Forrest, the Tigers remain in the third spot in the standings.
Currently in District 9-A action, Middle Tennessee Christian is 8-1; Cascade, 7-3; Fayetteville and Huntland, 6-4; Forrest, 4-5; Eagleville, 3-6; Community 2-7; and Moore County is 2-8.
Friday night the Tigers went down to the Vikings, 90-76, in overtime.
After getting off to a slow start, FHS trailed 17-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Tigers began chipping away at the deficit, winning the second frame, 21-18, led by James Keith who scored 10 points in the eight minutes. Community was up 35-27 at the break.
Fayetteville kept their foot on the gas in the third, winning the period, 16-6, taking the lead, 43-41.
But, the Viking sent it into overtime, taking the fourth frame, 19-17, knotting it at 60-60 at the end of regulation.
The four minutes of free basketball belonged to Community. Despite the Tigers scoring 16 points, the Vikings added 30, hitting three from the arch and going 19 of 21 from the line for the win.
James Keith led for the Tigers with 21 points. Nicholas Hopkins followed with 17; Aaron Parks, 13; Michael Parks, 12; Isaiah Thompson, 11; and Dorian Thompson had 2.
FHS hit 24 shots from the paint and 6 from the arch with Michael Parks and Nicholas Hopkins hitting two each; Aaron Parks and James Keith had one.
From the line, the Tigers were 10 of 14.
Luke Primm led for the Vikings with 28 points.
Tuesday night the Tigers were defeated on the road by Moore County, 52-47. FHS led 20-8 in the first quarter, but the Raiders took control of the game from that point on. Nicholas Hopkins scored 10 points in the period.
The Raiders won the second frame, 16-8, and FHS was up, 28-24, at the break.
Moore County took the third period, 17-12, and the Tigers trailed 41-40 at the end of three.
Fayetteville struggled offensively in the fourth with the Tigers only points coming from Aaron Parks and James Keith. The Raiders won the 8 minutes, 11-7, to finish with the win.
Ben Harvey led for Moore County with 18 points.
Hopkins led for the Tigers with 16 points. Keith finished with 7; Michael Parks, 9; Aaron Parks, 7; and Isaiah Steele scored 2.
FHS was 10 of 19 from the line. Hopkins had one 3-pointer for the Tigers.
For their next action, Fayetteville hosts Cascade Tuesday, then Middle Tennessee Christian comes to town on Friday. Game times are at 6 p.m.