FHS Tigers get win over district leader
Tiger Aaron Parks drives into the paint in action at home against the Champions. (Click here to purchase photo.)
Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up a big district win at home over the leading Middle Tennessee Christian School Friday night.
It’s FHS’s second win over the Cougars.
On Tuesday, the Tigers went down at home to Cascade.
In current district standings, MTCS and Cascade are 9-3; Fayetteville and Huntland are 7-5; Forrest and Eagleville are 5-6; Community is 3-9; and Moore County is 2-10.
Friday night the Tigers defeated the Cougars in overtime, 81-75.
Early in the first quarter, FHS was down 11-3 but came back to win the period, 17-15. Nick Hopkins dropped three from the arch in the quarter.
James Keith added nine points in the second. Both teams put 14 on the board, and the Tigers were up 31-29 at the break.
The Cougars took the lead, winning the third, 19-10, and were on top, 48-41, at the end of three.
But, Fayetteville made the clutch shots they had to have throughout the game. With six seconds remaining in regulation, Nicholas Hopkins hit a three, knotting the game at 66-66. The Cougars had a last second shot that missed its mark, and it went into overtime. The Tigers won the fourth quarter, 25-18. Fayetteville hit four from the arch in the period.
FHS won the four minutes, 15-9, going 7 of 7 from the line down the stretch for the win.
James Keith led for the Tigers with 26. Aaron Parks had 22; Nicolas Hopkins, 18; Michael Parks, 10; and Isaiah Thompson scored 5.
Fayetteville hit 11 shots from the arch with 4 each coming from Aaron Parks and Hopkins. Michael Parks had 2 and Keith had 1.
From the line, the Tigers were 12 of 17.
Tuesday night at home, the Tigers were defeated by the Champions, 57-51. City opened strong, up 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Tigers were up 26-16 at the half.
With 6:43 in the third, FHS enjoyed their biggest lead of the night, up 31-19. But, from that point on, the Champions began chipping away at the deficit. Fayetteville struggled offensively and didn’t make the stops on the defensive end. Cascade won the period, 19-11, and the Tigers were up, 37-35, at the end of three.
At the 3:42 mark in the fourth, the Champions knotted it at 45-45. With 2:58, they took the lead at the line, 46-45. Cascade would not trail again. The visitors won the fourth stanza, 22-14, for the win. Cascade picked up 10 points from the line in the final period.
Hopkins and Keith set the pace with 14 points each. Isaiah Thompson finished with 11; Michael Parks, 9; and Aaron Parks had 3.
The Tigers were 14 of 26 from the line. FHS had three from the arch with Hopkins hitting 2 and Michael Parks with 1.
For their next action, Fayetteville will travel to Forrest Tuesday, then host Huntland on Friday. Game times are at 6 p.m.