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If North Lawndale has a weakness this year, it's the Phoenix' guard play. Playing in the rugged Red-West, shaky guard play will be exposed. Host Farragut took advantage Wednesday in a 77-57 conference-opening victory.
Farragut coach William Nelson said after an 0-3 start, his team is coming together.
"Defensively and offensively, we played a pretty good game,'' Nelson said. ''I really can't find any fault in the way we played today. There is always room for improvement, but we should be right in the thick of things as the season progresses if we continue on this path."
Farragut (2-3, 1-0) forced North Lawndale into 13 of its 27 turnovers in the first quarter, and took a 23-16 lead on a three-point play by Sire Carroll (25 points, 10 rebounds) to close the first quarter. Another Carroll three-point play near the end of the second quarter gave the Admirals their first double-digit lead at 41-31.
Farragut didn't blow the game open until the beginning of the fourth quarter when Carroll triggered a 9-0 run. His third three-point play of the game pushed the advantage to 65-45 with 5:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Ernest Johnson scored 22 points and had eight rebounds and Ashawn Jones had 14 points and eight steals.
"We couldn't get into any offense and they took advantage of it," Phoenix coach Lewis Thorpe said.
Keith Mack led North Lawndale (2-3, 0-1) with 24 points.