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Turnovers key as HHS girls dump Lady Ads

Zanetta Mason concentrates on a free throw during Friday’s FHS versus Heritage girls’ game at HHS.- Marty McCool/
A ballhandling meltdown on top of superior Heritage shooting was too much to overcome for a young Farragut Lady Admirals basketball team Friday night at HHS.

The end result was a 73-45 drubbing, Farragut’s first District 4-AAA loss of the season (3-1, 7-3 overall record).

“That was the worst game by far we’ve had this year, and probably in the last two or three years,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “We just turned the ball over way, way too much.

We didn’t do a good job at all against their press. We’ve done a lot better job against other teams’ presses this year. We just got a little bit out of control, a little bit undisciplined, and made uncharacteristically bad passes.

“When Natalie (Munday) got in foul trouble real early in the game, a lot of times she handles the ball for us, ironically, bringing it up the court, so we really missed her right there with that ability to make things happen,” Driver added about his 6-foot junior post. “I think everybody else, they didn’t want the ball in their hands, and sometimes when they did, they didn’t make good decisions.

“They kind of got down a little bit when they started turning the ball over two or three times in a row ... sometimes that snowballs, you get down on yourself and the other team gets up. With a young team you can have that sometimes. Heritage did a good job of exploiting it.”


Driver did find one bright spot.

“I thought Rachel Draper had a real good game, she came in and gave us a lift, made a couple of threes, make some good moves for twos,” Driver said about his sophomore reserve wing. “And she played hard defense, she was one that was on the floor.”

Munday led the Lady Admirals in scoring with 10 points, followed by Draper’s eight, Ashley Tipton with seven and Beth Raby with six. Munday was named TnBank Player of the Week.

Rachel Simmons and Zanetta Mason each added four, with Amy Josephson, Catelyn Dake and Kori Manes scoring two points apiece.


Rallying from a 28-24 halftime deficit, FHS got 20 points on 6-of-6 two-point shooting from Raby, while Munday scored 12 and Draper and Tipton 10 each. The Lady Ads hit 11-of-12 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

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