Tough Luck for Tiger Basketball

Fayetteville High School's Tigers basketball season came to and end in the quarterfinals of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Associations BlueCross State Basketball Tournament. FHS dropped a heart breaker to Humbolt High School, 65-53.

The Tigers jumped on the Vikings early up 21-6 at the end of the first quarter. But in the first minute of the second period FHS lost playmaker Floyd Williams with a knee injury. He was carried off the court by teammates. Jacious Clark and Julius Dixon, he would not return to the game. At that point Williams had already poured in 16 points for the Tigers.

Fayetteville fought through the game maintaining a lead at the half 27-19 and was up 41-38 at the end of the third period. But with 3:39 remaining in the game Humbolt took the lead, they would not trail again. The Vikings got on a 27-12 fourth quarter run to finish with the win.

"First off, I want to thank the Tiger Nation for your support all season," Coach Chris Murdock said. "You have been there night in and night out. With the crowd on hand Lincoln County and the City of Fayetteville was well represented last night in Murfreesboro."

"The game didn’t end the way we would have liked but the team put up a fight, Coach Murdock continued. "But this group has overcome so much and in the last two years and they have become a family on the court and off. Jennifer is a big reason for this with her sacrifice and dedication to the team, she has been the best Team Mom and supporting wife a coach can ask for."

"This team has made history for our school and community that will always be remembered. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all."

By Quarters: Tigers, 21, 06, 14, 12 (final 53); Vikings, 06, 13, 19, 27 (final 65)

Scoring: Tigers, Julius Dixon, 25; Floyd Williams, 16; Desiah Bartleson, 7; Jacious Clark, 2; Isaiah Jones, 2; Xayvion Hicks, 1; Vikings, Montrez Ward, 22; Ronald Abernathy, 20; Anthony Jones, 10; Trent Green, 7; Reginal Manley, 6.

Free Throws: Tigers, 10 of 13; Vikings, 12 of 15.

3-Pointers: Tigers, Dixon, 3; Vikings, War, 4; Green, 1.

Turonvers: Tigers, 24; Vikings, 7.

Rebounds: Tigers, 49, led by Dixon with 10; Vikings, 20, led by Reginald Manley with 6.