Fayetteville High School’s Tigers split in basketball action their opening week.
Tuesday FHS won over Cornersville, 61-41. Friday, the Tigers were defeated by Richland, 73-55.
The Bulldogs are part of District 11-A. It was the season opener for Cornersville, as well.
The Tigers were without last season’s leading scorer and rebounder, James Keith, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.
Michael Parks started the game hot for the Tigers, hitting three from the arch in the first quarter.
After trailing 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, the ‘Dogs cut the margin to single digits by the half, trailing 31-22.
But, the Tigers got on a 21-6 run in the third period, up 51-28, with points coming from Michael Parks, Aaron Parks, Darrion King, Nick Hopkins and Isaiah Thompson.
Coach Chris Murdock emptied his bench in the fourth period. Cornersville won the 8 minutes, 13-9, and the Tigers had the win, 61-41.
Nick Hopkins led for FHS with 18 points (2 3-pointers); Michael Parks, (3 3-pointers) 17; Darrion King, 8 (2 3-pointers); Isaiah Thompson, 6; Darren Patterson, 4; Aaron Parks, Isaiah Steele and Kendrell Hall scored 2.
Fayetteville was 6 of 15 from the line.
Friday night the Tigers hosted Richland and went down, 73-55.
Richland is part of District 11-A. The Raiders came into the match-up winning their season opener, 66-53, over Moore County.
FHS played well with the visitors in a fast-paced one-on-one transition game. After getting off to a slow start, the Tigers took the lead in the first quarter, 9-8, on a basket by Michael Parks with two minutes on the clock. Fayetteville was up 12-10 at the end of one.
Nick Hopkins poured in 9 points in the second frame. The Tigers went into the break up 30-26.
But, Richland tightened their zone, keeping the Tigers out of the paint in the second half. The quick transition points didn’t come for FHS. The Raiders won the third quarter, 28-14, to take charge of the game. Richland hit four from the arch and went 6 of 7 from the line in the eight minutes.
The Raiders expanded their lead, taking the fourth quarter, 19-10, to finish with the win.
Hopkins led for FHS with 18; Michael Parks, James Keith and Aaron Parks finished with 11; and Andrew Lawson had 4.
FHS was 8 of 9 from the line.
Michael Parks and Nick Hopkins had 3 from the arch, and James Keith had one.
For their next action, the Tigers were to host Loretto on Monday. Wednesday the ladies play Giles County in the Forrest Classic starting at 4 p.m.
Friday, tournament action continues as the girls take on LEAD Academy at 11:30 a.m., and the boys play at 1 p.m.
Saturday tournament play concludes with the ladies taking on Gabriel Christian at 10:30 a.m. and the boys starting at 1:30 p.m.