Fayetteville's Tigers went down to Eagleville 61-56 in the Region 4 championship game last week. FHS won one out of four attempts competing against the number 1 ranked (AP) Eagles during the course of the season - all were battles.
The Tigers led much of the game by single digit margins. But as in many barn burners trips to the line decide the victor. Fayetteville shot well dropping 6 of 7 attempts but the Eagles were 14 of 16 hitting on 9 of 10 fourth quarter tries when FHS was in a must foul situation.
The runner up spot puts the Tigers on the road Monday night traveling to Clay County (Celina, TN) in the Sectionals (Sub-State); the winner advances to the state tournament - the loser goes home. The Bulldogs defeated Monterey in the Region 3 championship 50-38 bringing a 32-2 overall record to the match up; their only losses coming in holiday tournaments. The Tiger's are ranked fifth, the Bulldogs third in AP Class A poles. Game time is at 7 p.m.
The Eagles (27-3) will host Monterey (27-9) which will also be played Monday night.
Julius Dixon and Floyd Williams were named to the All Region Tournament team along with Eagleville's Ryley McClaran, Ethan Cobb and Mari Stodemire who was tournament MVP.
By Quarters: FHS, 24, 08, 12, 12 (final 56); Eagleville, 21, 11, 09, 20 (final 61)
Scoring: FHS, Julius Dixon, 16; Floyd Williams, 16; Jacious Clark, 12; Desiah Bartleson, 10; Isaiah Jones, 2; Eagleville, Ryley McClaran, 26; Mari Stodemire, 23; Ethan Cobb, 6; Nuni Davenport, 6.
Free Throws: FHS, 6 of 7; Eagleville, 14 of 16.
3-Pointers: FHS, Dixon, 2; Eagleville, McClaran, 4; Davenport, 2; Stodemire, 1.