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Lady Admirals clip Webb
Driver: Winning ugly like Lady Vols


Farragut’s Catelyn Dake closely guards Webb standout player Kitty Houston on a drive to the basket during Friday’s game at FHS, won by the Lady Admirals 58-47.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
sn’t it a good thing when a high school coach compares his team to Pat Summitt’s Orange and White hoop machine?

But Mike Driver wasn’t passing out huge complements despite his young team’s 58-47 victory against a veteran but smaller Webb squad Friday at FHS.

“We were kind of like the Lady Vols have been,” coach Driver said in comparison to recent UT struggles while still winning. “It’s better to win ugly than lose pretty.”

Making use of its size for several post-up baskets, Farragut improves its overall record to 8-3 heading into the Breadbox Super 16 Tournament at Bearden starting Saturday morning. Webb’s overall record drops to 8-4.


Though pulling away late to win comfortably, “we had too many turnovers, and we didn’t rebound well,” Driver said. “We did rebound better in the second half, but we’ve got to get better on the boards. The boards are a concern.”

Driver did say that young post players Kiah Simmons and Rachel Simmons “did rebound well” while praising sophomore Catelyn Dake for “making some good shots. But Catelyn needs to get stronger.”

Lady Admiral standouts Beth Raby and Natalie Munday combined to score 13 fourth-quarter points to help Farragut pull away from a 41-37 edge after three quarters.

Raby, a sophomore wing, ended with a game-high 19 points. Munday, a junior post, was close with 17.

While saying his Lady Admirals often did a good job of getting the ball inside for easy baskets, Driver would still like to see more inside scoring from Munday.

“She has quickness inside, but needs to generate more inside scoring to complement her outside game,” the FHS skipper said.

For her overall excellence Friday, Raby was named TnBank’s Player of the Week.

Ashley Tipton scored all eight of her points in the second quarter for FHS, including a pair of three-pointers to help Farragut build a lead. Dake and Rachel Simmons each added five, while Amy Josephson and Rachel Draper scored two apiece.

Leslie Roach led Webb with 15 points, followed by Kitty Houston with 14. Tiye Gordon scored six, followed by Sarah Bibee with five and Lindy Cohen with three points. Whitney Gibson and Mollie Moran each had two points.

HERITAGE DETAILS

Editor’s note: Due to a sports and news department layout “mix-up,” much of the details of the Dec. 12 Lady Admirals’ game at Heritage were omitted. Comments from coach Driver and FHS individual scorers from that game will follow. The farragutpress apologizes for the omission.

DRAPER PRAISED

Despite a 73-45 loss at Heritage Dec. 12, FHS head coach Mike Driver praised the effort of sophomore wing Rachel Draper, who came off the bench and ended with eight points.

“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. “And she played hard defense, she was one that was on the floor.”

Natalie 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 in last week’s issue.

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

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