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Another Farragut fourth quarter surge helps Lady Admirals race past BHS girls 62-50


Farragut’s Natalie Munday goes up for a short jumper over Bearden’s Nina Carter during Friday’s game at FHS. The Lady Admirals rallied from seven points down in the third quarter to win 62-50.- Marty McCool/www.eventography.net
It was everything that was expected of a Bearden-Farragut girls’ basketball game. It was hard fought and close.

But for Bearden there will be a bitter taste in its players’ mouths until the teams’ next meeting in January.

A seven-point BHS lead late in the third quarter became a 62-50 loss at Farragut Friday.

For the Lady Ads, it was another excellent fourth quarter coming from a young team that was expected to struggle late in games.


Farragut junior post Natalie Munday, who is battling a “bone chip” ankle injury according to FHS head coach Mike Driver, came alive in the fourth quarter and ended with a game-high 21 points.

“I thought she started out slow, and she didn’t play as competitive as I wanted her to in the first half,” Driver said, “but she turned it up in the second half, especially the fourth quarter.”

Down 38-31 midway into the third period, FHS fought back to trail only 42-41 after three.

“I think Beth (Raby) did a real good job scoring for us in the fourth quarter,” Driver said about his standout sophomore wing. “She’s had some big fourth quarters.” Raby ended with 14 points, followed by Ashley Tipton with 12.

As for the bench play, “Kiah (Simmons) hit a couple of real big shots when we were in our delay, which is kind of an attack delay.” Driver said about his improving freshman post, who scored seven. “Those were just big for a freshman. I was happy for her, and it gives her a lot of confidence I think.

“Zanetta (Mason) came off the bench and gave us a big lift on defense on the Spaulding girl (Joy), who is very, very quick,” Driver added. “Catelyn Dake (eight points) came out in the first quarter and did a real good job, and then kind of got herself in foul trouble and didn’t get to play a lot.”

Although Driver said Bearden “really hurt us on the boards,” he’s proud of his late-game defense. “Our defense got better in the fourth quarter,” Driver said. “It was better in the whole second half, and the fourth quarter it was better. When we got ahead I think that gave us some confidence.”

With a 2-0 record in District 4-AAA entering the week, Farragut was 6-2 entering Tuesday’s home game against William Blount.

BEARDEN SURGE

The Lady Bulldogs opened up the game with an eight point run sparked by turnovers and a couple of big threes.

But the lead didn’t last long as Farragut came storming back to cut the lead to 14-13 at the 1:04 mark. Spaulding got a steal and took it down the court for a lay up and a 17-13 lead after one.

“I thought that was great (the 8-0 run to start the game),” Bearden head coach Jennifer Allen said. “It was good to hit the baskets early.”

The second period was much of the same for both teams. The two teams traded basket after basket throughout the second.

Farragut’s Rachel Draper cut the lead to 21-18 with a three at the 5:45 mark but the Lady Admirals could never get enough of a run going to take the lead from Bearden. At halftime, BHS led 30-28.

The Lady Bulldogs used good defense to extend their lead to 34-28 to start the third.

Farragut cut the lead with a Tipton three. It was the Lady Ads’ first basket of the quarter, coming at the 5:12 mark.

But Bearden’s lead grew to 38-31, as the third was much like the second with both teams trading baskets. An FHS late quarter rally still left Lady Bulldogs up 42-41 after three.

FARRAGUT FIREPOWER

For Bearden the first 4:15 of the fourth is something they would like to forget.

The Lady Admirals played good defense and caused some turnovers to go on a nine-point run to start the final period.

The Lady Bulldogs never recovered, as Farragut outscored Bearden 21-to-8 in the fourth.

“I knew we were getting a little bit tired,” Allen said. “I thought that we had a pretty good chance. They started warming up and their shots just fell in the fourth quarter and ours didn’t.”

The Lady Bulldogs were a dismal 6-of-22 shooting in the second half and were only 3-of-11 in the fourth. Bearden was led by Ashley Blue’s 16-points and 10 rebounds.

For her effort Allen named Blue TnBank’s Player of the Week.

Driver named Raby as Farragut’s TnBank Player of the Week.

FHS 62 MARYVILLE 56

Against Maryville in a 62-56 district home victory Dec. 2, Munday raked down 13 rebounds and scored 18 points.

“She just played great,” Driver said. “And Beth put a big spurt in defensively against Maryville.”

Raby scored 14, while Tipton came up big, scoring 17, including a pair of three-point baskets.

The game was tied 41-41 entering the final regulation quarter.

“Thank goodness we’ve been playing well in the fourth quarter,” Driver said in reflecting on a number of Lady Admiral victories earned with late surges. “We’re going to have a lot of close games this year.

“They know at the end of the game they have good a chance to win,” Driver added, “and that’s big for a young team to have that confidence.”

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