News
Opinion
Sports
Business
Community
entertainment
Schools
News
Announcements
Classifieds
Place Ad
Advertising
Contact Us
Archives
Search

Lady Ads push top-ranked Sevier with late surge
Final period rally falls short, 45-36, vs. No. 1 Bearettes


Mike Driver’s young Lady Admirals were severely overmatched in the first half against mighty Sevier County, the state’s top-ranked Class AAA high school girls basketball team.

The unbeaten Bearettes held Farragut to three first-half field goals with pressure defense and took a 26-9 lead into halftime Friday at FHS. Hardly a surprise.


But it was surprising how the relatively inexperienced Lady Ads fought back. Farragut continued to battle hard and eventually drew to within seven late, 40-33, and with possession of the ball in the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter.

Sevier County hung on for a 45-36 victory, but Driver was pleased with his team’s heart — and a Lady Admiral defense that held the high-powered Bearette attack without a field goal for 6:50 in the fourth quarter.

“I think it was a good defensive plan,” coach Driver said, “and we out-rebounded them, which was good because they go to the boards hard.”

In fairness, one factor helping the Lady Admirals rally was the absence of Sevier County star Tina Broyhill for much of the second half. Broyhill injured her ankle midway into the third quarter and did not return.

THE RALLY

Trailing 39-23 early in the fourth quarter, Farragut’s effective fourth-quarter defense was aided by two Natalie Munday driving baskets, a short jumper by Beth Raby and a nice driving basket from guard Amy Josephson that cut the edge to 39-31 with 2:53 to play.

“We shot the ball a lot better in the second half,” Driver said, “and we cut down on half-court turnovers. That helps a lot. We couldn’t put the ball in the hole in the first half, and we had, I think, twelve turnovers in the first half.”

Ashley Tipton’s 15-foot jumper trimmed the lead to 40-33 at 2:09, then the Lady Admirals grabbed a Sevier County missed shot with 1:30 to play before turning it over. FHS would get no closer.

Munday led Farragut with 10 points and eight rebounds, followed by Tipton with eight points and three Lady Ads with four points each: Josephson, Raby and Rachel Simmons. Rachel Draper had a big three-pointer for her three points. Kiah Simmons added two, with Kera Beth Beverley scoring one. “We’re still struggling with our perimeter shooting,” Driver said. “They played a two-three zone and you’ve got to knock down some of those shots, and we just didn’t do it.”

As for individual efforts, “Catelyn Dake only played ten minutes and had six rebounds,” Driver said while praising his sophomore post. “I thought Amy (Josephson) did a good job running the team at times. It was the first time she’d played since being out with an ankle (injury). She had a couple of good baskets for us.”

Sevier County, on top in District 4-AAA while improving to 19-0, was led by star guard Melissa Uner with a game-high 14 points.

WEST 45 FHS 42

It was a tough district loss at West Jan. 13, as Farragut fell to the Lady Rebels 45-42.

“We had it out to a nine-point lead in the third quarter, then they hit three 3s (three-pointers) in a row and tied it up,” Driver said of the turning point in this game. “I think that propelled them and gave them a lot of momentum. Again, we didn’t shoot well from the perimeter.”

A last-second FHS three-pointer to tie the game bounced off the rim.

Munday led the way in points with 20 and 10 rebounds, followed by Raby and Tipton with six points each. Kiah Simmons and Draper each scored three, with Dake and Beverly adding two apiece.







  News | Opinion | Sports | Business | Community | Schools | Obituaries | Announcements
Classifieds | Place Ad | Advertising | Subscribe | Contact Us | Archives | Search

© 2004 farragutpress