Fayetteville High School’s Tigers season came to an end in the TSSAA Sectionals (Sub-State) going down on the road to Monterey High School, 44-41.
FHS finished its season with a 25-6 record.
The Wildcats finished as Region 3 champions with a 72-68 win over Clay County. The Tigers finished as runner-up in Region 4, defeated by Eagleville, 44-40.
Against Monterey, FHS slowed the tempo of the game with a “first to score 50 wins” mentality. The strategy kept it close down to the wire. At the intermission, the Wildcats were up 19-17, but the Tigers had a big third period, winning the eight minutes, 18-8. At the end of three, Fayetteville was up by eight, 35-27.
But, the Wildcats came back in the final frame, and the points didn’t come easy for the Tigers. With 4:05 remaining in the game, it was knotted at 37-37. At the 2:28 mark, Monterey took the lead, 39-38; they would not trail again. FHS had the final shot from the arc to send the game into overtime, but it didn’t fall. The Wildcats won the final period, 17-6, for the win.
The win sends Monterey to the state tournament where they were to match up with Memphis Academy of Health and Sciences (MAHS), but on Thursday of this past week, the TSSAA suspended all tournament play due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus following the girls’ state basketball tournament quarterfinals, along with the boys tournament scheduled to get underway this week.
Whether the TSSAA will be able to reschedule the events will depend on the length of the suspension and the availability of facilities.
By the numbers
By Quarters: FHS, 10, 07, 18, 06 (final, 41); Monterey, 07, 12, 08, 17 (final, 44).
Scoring: FHS, Marquese Nance, 13; Brayden Hockett, 13; Jacious Clark, 6; Tyler Wolaver 7. Monterey, Peyton West, 25; Silas Randolph, 8; Cayden Jones, 6; Tucker Phillips, 1.
Free Throws: FHS, 5 of 10; Monterey, 8 of 11.
3-Pointers: FHS, Nance, 3; Hockett, 3. Monterey, West, 2.