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Lady Ads fall at MHS; finish fifth at Super 16


FHS post Rachel Simmons goes up for a shot against Austin-East during the BreadBox Super 16 tournament at Bearden.- Marty McCool/www.eventography.net
Maryville’s pressure man-to-man defense took a toll on the Farragut Lady Admiral attack through the first three quarters of Saturday’s evening’s District 4-AAA basketball showdown at MHS.

But despite Ashley Tipton’s driving lay-up with less than a minute to play that erased an 11-point Lady Admiral fourth-quarter deficit, it wasn’t enough.

Sarah Roberts’ post-up basket with less than five seconds to play gave the Lady Rebels a heart-stopping 57-56 victory. Farragut’s district record dropped to 3-2.


“We’re supposed to be fronting on the low block, but we just got out of position down low,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said of the Lady Rebels’ winning shot. “They got a good match-up down low, a bigger girl on Beth (Raby). They got it deep enough where they were able to score. The girl made a good pressure shot, turnaround post-up move.”

Winning its final two games during the BreadBox Super 16 tournament at BHS in late December, the Lady Admirals took fifth-place and held a 10-5 overall record entering this week’s action.

More on the Lady Ads’ easy 60-41 against Clinton in the Super 16 later in this article.

LATE-GAME SUCCESS

Tipton and junior post Natalie Munday combined to score 16 points in the fourth quarter to set up Farragut’s rally Saturday. “They finally got it going in the fourth quarter,” Driver said. “We did a good job getting back into the game. Ashley made a really good driving off-a-set-play lay-up.”

But the Lady Ad skipper was quick to praise one of his reserve guards who helped get the FHS offense in gear late.

“I knew Zanetta (Mason) was pretty quick, and she did exactly what we wanted her to do, penetrate and set up other people,” Driver said about the sophomore. “She came in and penetrated right down the lane and hit a lay-up. I think that gave her a lot of confidence. She played the whole fourth quarter at point guard and did a good job. In the fourth quarter we may have had one or two turnovers. We took better care of the ball.”

TURNOVER BUG

“We out-rebounded them, and we shot better than Maryville,” Driver said. “We just had five or six more turnovers than they did, and that was the difference in the game.

“Overall, again we’ve got to do a lot better job controlling the ball,” Driver added about his team’s 22 turnovers compared to 16 for MHS. “We’re just turning the ball over too many times. Too many what I call open-court turnovers, where we turn it over and they get a lay-up off our turnover.”

SCORING

Up 16-8 after one frame, Maryville built a 24-21 halftime lead into a 45-36 edge after three before Farragut rallied.

Munday led the Lady Admirals with 16 points, followed by Tipton with 14 and Raby with 10. Rachel Draper added six, followed by five other FHS players with two points each: Mason, Amy Josephson, Catelyn Dake, Rachel Simmons and Kiah Simmons.

In addition to their scoring, Munday led in rebounds with nine followed by Tipton with seven. “She did a good job on the boards,” Driver said of Tipton, a junior guard/wing.

Roberts and Becca Giles each scored 15 for Maryville.

Against Clinton, Munday led in points with 17, followed by Tipton with 16, and Raby with four. Dake, Kiah Simmons and Josephson added four, with Kera Beth Beverly and Draper scoring three, and Mason and Kori Manes each adding two points.

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