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Lady Ads sink Fulton at the foul line

Excellent free throw shooting overcame a third-period defensive collapse as the Farragut Lady Admirals survived at Fulton High School Friday night.

Despite blowing a 14-point lead early in the second half thanks to a 23-point Lady Falcon third quarter surge, Farragut took control early in the final frame to win 57-48.

“We didn’t play very good defense, they scored twenty-three points,” Farragut head coach Mike Driver said about a rough third quarter. “It was almost like the other night at William Blount in the fourth quarter.”

Against the Lady Governors in a 48-44 loss at WBHS Feb. 10, Farragut blew a seven-point lead after three quarters by being outscored 22-11 in the fourth period.

As a result, FHS finished regular season District 4-AAA play 5-9 and ended up the fifth-seed for the district tournament starting Saturday at BHS (See story on this page). The Lady Ads owned a 14-13 overall record entering the week.


Apparently cruising with a 29-15 lead one minute into the third quarter, Farragut got caught flat-footed.

“We didn’t play very good defense, they hit some big shots and we kind of quit scoring,” Driver said. “I thought Fulton did a good job adjusting to the press. They got the ball to the McDonough girl (Eleanor, No. 12) who is a good shooter.”

Ending with a game-high 21 points, McDonough’s eight third-quarter points keyed a 22-7 Lady Falcon run, as her 12-foot jumper with 57 seconds left in the third quarter gave Fulton a 37-36 lead. It was 38-38 after three frames.

“Luckily we made some adjustments in the fourth quarter and it helped out,” Driver said.

The Lady Admirals buckled down defensively in the final quarter, holding Fulton to six points in the first seven minutes.

Farragut’s biggest second-half weapon was free throw shooting, hitting 17-of-18 in the second half.

“The biggest thing I was pleased with, and I told ’em after the game, was we made thirteen-out-of-thirteen free throws in the fourth quarter,” Driver said.

Junior post Natalie Munday, whose team-high 17 points at William Blount Feb. 10 was her first game back since breaking her nose Jan. 23, stepped up again.

Munday’s 14 second-half points Friday included going eight-of-eight from the foul line after the break. She ended with a game-high 19 points.

Four of Catelyn Dake’s huge six points in the fourth quarter came at the foul line. “Catelyn Dake did a good job in the fourth-quarter making some big baskets and big free throws,” Driver said.

With eight points in the second quarter, Ashley Tipton ended with 14 for FHS.

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