FHS Tigers split in district play
Fayetteville High School’s James Keith earned a spot in the records books as the first Tiger to dunk in a game during action last week against Community. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry
Fayetteville High School’s Tigers split in District 9-A action last week.
On Friday, FHS went down in a barnburner at home to undefeated Middle Tennessee Christian, 74-72. Tuesday, the Tigers picked up a win at home, 75-73, over Community.
Currently in the district standings, MTCS is 10-0, 2-0; Forrest, 4-7, 2-0; Fayetteville, 7-2, 3-1; Community, 7-4, 3-1; Moore County, 3-7, 1-3; Huntland, 3-5, 0-3; and Eagleville is 2-9, 0-3.
Friday night the Tigers took a 56-52 lead into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hang on for the win. With the game tied at 72-72, the Cougars took the lead from the line with 11 seconds remaining in the game. FHS had a shot for the tie or win in the final seconds, but it missed its mark.
City was up 22-20 at the end of one. The Cougars took the second frame, 26-20, and took the lead, 46-42, into the intermission.
The Tigers recovered the advantage, taking the third, 14-5, but MTCS’s Derrick Spears poured in 12 points in the fourth, going 4 for 4 from the line. By the buzzer, Spears finished with 36 points for the game. The Cougars won the period, 22-16, for the win.
Aaron Parks set the pace for the Tigers with 19 points; Nicholas Hopkins, 17; James Keith, 14; Michael Parks, 13; Darren Patterson, 5; and Cain McWilliams scored 4.
Fayetteville was 18 of 25 from the line. The Tigers hit 6 from the arch with Michael and Aaron Parks with 2 each. Hopkins and Patterson also had a three.
Tuesday FHS hung on for a 75-73 win at home over Community.
The Tigers were up 16-14 at the end of one and took a 34-26 lead into the intermission.
Fayetteville was on top by 16 going into the fourth, up 56-40, but the game was far from over. The Vikings won the final frame, 33-19, nailing four shots from the arch with Luke Primm pouring in 13 of his 26 points in the period. With four seconds remaining, FHS was up by five, 75-70. Primm nailed the final three at the buzzer, and the Tigers finished with the win.
Aaron Parks led the scoring with 28 points; Nicholas Hopkins, 16; Michael Parks, 15; James Keith, 13; Darren Patterson, 2; and Cain McWilliams scored 1.
The Tigers were 13 of 21 from the line. FHS hit seven from the arch coming from Michael Parks with 3 and Aaron Parks and Hopkins with 2 each.
For their next action, Fayetteville plays out of district traveling to Coffee County Tuesday. The Tigers will play in the Forrest Christmas Tournament starting Friday.