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Lady Admirals run wild, blister West girls 72-30

Judging by Friday night’s performance, it’s hard to believe that Mike Driver’s Farragut Lady Admirals actually lost to West earlier this season.

But starting with a second-quarter push and never letting up, the Lady Ads ended a four-game losing streak by simply blistering the Lady Rebels, 72-30, in a District 4-AAA tussle at FHS.

“You know, it’s just contagious, I think everybody had a positive attitude and they just fed off each other,” Driver said. “We played good defense throughout. The hustle was excellent, they played hard. We seemed to be everywhere. We beat ’em back down the floor and got a lot of easy lay-ups.

“Then we came out in the second half and Ashley’s (Tipton) three 3-point plays, I think it all fed off that,” Driver added about Tipton’s game-high 19 points, 11 in that fantastic third quarter. “Our offense feeds off our defense, that goes back to early in the season.”

Sophomore wing Beth Raby added 13 points, followed by Catelyn Dake with 10 and Amy Josephson and Haley Williams with seven each. Kara Beth Beverly and Rachel Draper scored four apiece, with Rachel Simmons adding three, Zanetta Mason and Kori Manes two each and Kiah Simmons hitting a free throw.

Appearing to have the fifth seed wrapped up entering the District 4-AAA Tournament, which starts Feb. 21 at Bearden High, Farragut entered the week 5-8 in the district and 13-12 overall.

FHS 72 WEST 30

Leading 11-10 early in the second quarter, the Lady Admirals went on an 18-4 run to ignite the blowout.

Able to beat the Lady Rebels downcourt numerous times for fast-break points, Farragut also used two Beverly baskets and Tipton’s three-point jumper to make it 24-14 with 2:30 left in the first half.

Following two Dake free throw conversions with only 18 seconds left, Raby stole the inbounds pass and eventually hit a lay-up just before the halftime buzzer to make it 29-14.

Then it really got messy.

For a team struggling to score 19 points in a half in recent games, Farragut did so on this night in a mere three minutes.

In addition to Tipton’s three 3-point plays, the second of Dake’s two baskets in the quarter capped a 19-4 run that made it 46-18 only three minutes into the third quarter.

Ahead 54-26 after three periods, the Lady Ad defense wasn’t letting up. West scored only four points in the fourth quarter, and did not score in the final 5:10.

Consecutive long fast break passes from Josephson to Raby for lay-ups built the lead to 32 points early in the frame. Williams’ three-point field goal in the closing seconds ended West’s misery.

“This is a big win for the girls, they were very excited after the game,” Driver said. “They continue to follow through on the whole attitude where ‘we’re going to out-hustle you, we’re going to get down the floor.’”


Driver said injured standout junior post Natalie Munday, out since Jan. 23 with a broken nose, could have seen some action at William Blount Tuesday evening (played after press deadline), but the main priority was to get Munday ready for the district tournament.

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