Tigers advance in district tourney
Fayetteville High School’s Aaron Parks takes it to the hoop in action last week against Moore County. The win over the Raiders earns the Tigers their first post-season basketball win in school history. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry
Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up two wins last week. On Saturday FHS picked up its first post-season tournament win in school history defeating Moore County in the tournament hosted by Community. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, the Tigers won over the strong Columbia Academy Bulldogs.
In other boys’ tournament action, Middle Tennessee Christian got a first-round bye; Forrest defeated Eagleville, and Community won over Huntland.
The Tigers win sends FHS to a match-up with Community on Tuesday of this week – that game has a 7:30 p.m. start time. The two teams split during the regular season.
Saturday night Fayetteville had to come from behind to win over Moore County 58-55. Inside man James Keith got into foul trouble early and sat out much of the first half. The Tigers opened strong, taking the first period 19-13. They were led by Nicholas Hopkins, who nailed two from the arch.
But the well went dry in the second. The Raiders took the lead 21-19 at the 4:06 mark. There was 2:20 remaining in the period before the Tigers found their first points of the period. Moore County won the quarter 18-6 and had the lead 31-25 going into the break.
Fayetteville began chipping away at the deficit in the third, taking the period 13-10 and trailing 41-38 at the half. With 6:23 on the clock in the fourth, FHS regained the lead 43-41 when Nicholas Hopkins got three points the old-fashion way, making a basket and one from the line. But the game was far from over. The score would change or be tied 11 times in the remaining minutes. With 1:26 on the clock, the game was knotted at 54-54. Aaron Park made a steal followed with a lay-up to give the Tigers the advantage 56-54. With 33 seconds left, it was a 56-55 ball game, but FHS had possession. With 21 ticks remaining, Michael Parks dropped two from the line to seal the 58-55 win for the Tigers.
Aaron Parks led for FHS with 22 points, 11 coming in the fourth quarter; Michael Parks had 13; Nicholas Hopkins, 12; James Keith, 7; and Darren Patterson and Cain McWilliams, 2. From the line, the Tigers were 11 of 14, and from the arch, they had five, with those coming from Hopkins with 2 and Keith, M. Parks and A. Parks, who each had 1.
On Tuesday of last week Fayetteville came from behind for a 76-66 win over a tough Columbia Academy team. The Tigers won the first frame 21-18, but the Bulldogs edged out the second, 20-16, and took a 38-37 lead heading into intermission. In the third, FHS was down by as many as 10, trailing 56-46 with two minutes on the clock, but the Tigers won the final minutes 8-2 and trailed 58-54 going into the fourth. With 5:44 left in the final frame, Aaron Parks put Fayetteville up from the line 61-60. The Tigers would not trail again. James Keith finished with a dunk at the buzzer, and FHS won the final period 22-8 for the win.
Nicholas Hopkins led with 22, followed M. Parks, A. Parks and James Keith with 16 each, Cain McWilliams with 4 and Darrion King, 2. The Tigers were 14 of 18 from the line with Keith going 6 of 6. From the arch, the Tigers nailed five, with those coming from M. Parks with 3 and A. Parks with 2.