Cougars fall to Farragut in regionals

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By Dwane Wilder

A spectacular late-season run by the Campbell County High School boy’s basketball team ended last week with consecutive losses in the district and regional basketball tournaments.

The Cougars were eliminated from the Region 2-AAA Tournament Saturday night after a 59-49 opening round loss to Farragut, the place team from District 4.

Campbell County got to host the game by virtue of finishing second in District 3.

Junior forward Sean Ward turned in a solid effort with 13 points and eight rebounds but was the only member of his team to score in double figures.

Landon Hunley, whose father Rick coached three district championship teams at Campbell County during the mid-1990s, proved to be the difference in the game for the Admirals. The 6-foot-2 junior forward scored nine of his 10 points during the final eight minutes to lead Farragut, which advanced to the region semifinals to face archrival Bearden.

Rounding out the scoring for the Cougars was Zach Norman with nine points, Chris Poteet with eight, Justin Young and Cody Malicoat seven each, Cody Suttles and Lucas Nelson two each, and Troy Arnold one.

Campbell County did not shoot as well as it had in recent games. The Cougars hit 36 percent from the field (17-of-47) and 48 percent (10-of-21) at the charity stripe.

The Cougars also managed only 23 rebounds against a bigger Farragut front line.