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Fayetteville High School’s Tigers took two losses in basketball action last week.
On Tuesday night, FHS went down in out-of-district action to Gabriel Christian Academy. Saturday night, the Tigers went down at home to Eagleville in the first round of District 9-A Tournament action.
In their second year of a varsity basketball program, Fayetteville showed a lot of improvement over last season’s 5-18 record, going 14-11 overall and 8-6 in district play. The Tigers, made up of freshmen, sophomores and juniors, averaged over 63 points a game while giving up just over 61 points defensively.
In District 9-A standings, Middle Tennessee Christian is 10-4 with two of those losses coming from the Tigers; Cascade, 10-4; Fayetteville and Forrest, 8-6; Huntland, 7-7; Eagleville, 6-8; Community, 4-10; and Moore County, 3-11.
“I’m proud of their growth and knowledge of the game,” said Coach Chris Murdock about his Tigers. “We learned a lot this season. We’ll take these past two seasons and grow on them.
“Of course we’re disappointed and it hurts to lose in the first round,” he continued, “but it will be a teaching tool we can take into the next season.”
Fayetteville split with Eagleville during the regular season, but at home in the first round of tournament action, it was the night of the Eagle. The visitors dominated the boards, and the Tigers had too many one-shot possessions.
The Eagles jumped on top of Fayetteville early. It was tied at 2-2 with 5:54 in the first. With 5:38, the Eagles scored; the Tigers played catch up the balance of the game. But, Fayetteville stayed within striking distance most of the match-up.
Eagleville was up 16-9 at the end of one. Fayetteville won the second, 15-13. The Eagles hit a shot at the buzzer, and the Tigers trailed 29-24 at the break.
In the third, Eagleville led by as many as 13. With 27 seconds in the period, James Keith made a basket and dropped one from the line. Michael Parks dropped a two-pointer, and Fayetteville trailed 45-38.
In the fourth, Nicholas Hopkins hit a three with 36 seconds remaining in the game, and the Tigers trail 53-49. But, the Eagles made the shots from the line down the stretch, going 8 of 10 in the period. Fayetteville won the final stanza, 15-14, and the Eagles advanced to the second round with the win.
Nicholas Hopkins led for FHS with 19. James Keith had 17; Michael Parks, 10; Aaron Parks, 6; and Isaiah Thompson had 1.
The Tigers were 6 of 9 from the stripe and had 5 from the arch with Hopkins having three and Michael Parks with 2.
Tuesday night, the Tigers went down to Gabriel Christian Academy, 74-62.
FHS was down, 15-13, at the end of one and 37-30 at the break.
GCA took charge of the game, winning the third, 18-9, up 55-39 at the end of three.
The Tigers won the final frame, 23-19.
Hopkins set the pace for Fayetteville with 25; Keith, 12; Darren Patterson, 6; Isaiah Thompson and Andrew Lawson, 5; Dorian Thompson, 4; Michael Parks, 3; and Kendrell Hall scored 2.
The Tigers were 5 of 7 from the line and had 7 from downtown with Hopkins hitting 4; Michael Parks. Patterson and Lawson had 1.