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Lady Ad ‘big 2’ take charge in win vs. KCHS

Farragut’s one-two scoring punch of Munday-Tipton provided a nice, soft first-half cushion against the Lady Irish.

Senior post Alex Munday and senior guard Ashley Tipton combined for 29 first-half points as the Lady Admirals improved its record to 2-0 entering this week’s action following a 56-29 win at Knoxville Catholic Thursday night, Nov. 18.

To go with Munday’s game-high 20 points — scoring her points by coming off the dribble, posting up and from the perimeter — the 6-foot senior also raked down seven rebounds. Seventeen of her 20 points came in the first half, as FHS led 33-15 at the break.

Tipton nailed all four of her three-point field goal attempts in the first half and ended with 14 points.

“Natalie and Ashley, they both know they’ve got to step up and score for us,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “I thought Natalie had a real good game … she almost made every shot she was taking.

“I thought Ashley played well.”

Senior guard Amy Josephson helped lighten the Munday/Tipton scoring load in the third quarter by tossing in six points. “They put me at the shooting guard, and I needed to score some points,” Josephson said.

“I though Amy did a good job coming off the bench and hitting a three, and she played good defense,” Driver said. “She’s shooting the ball better in practice. And she got a couple of steals there.”

The senior guard praised Munday and Tipton.

“Tippy was four-for-four from the three-point line, she was really hot from out there,” Josephson said. “And Nat was pounding it, pounding it, inside, and she was lighting it up from outside as well.

“As a team we played really well,” Josephson added. “Beth Raby did a very good job, and Catelyn Dake had some great hustle plays.”

While Dake, a reserve post, ended with five rebounds, Raby ended with six assists according to FHS statistics. “She’s running the point for us right now, and she’s doing a good job getting the ball to people,” Driver said of Raby. “A point guard a lot of times is not going to score a lot of points, but has to be able to play good defense, and she’s playing good defense.”

Though fouling out late in the game, Driver said starting post Kiah Simmons “did a good job,” which included “boxing out their bigger post player.” As for her foul problems, “that’s a thing we’ve got to watch out for, is to keep her out of foul trouble," Driver said. “She likes to play aggressive, which I want her to be, but she’s got to get herself in position where she won’t get those fouls so quickly.”

Dake finished with four points, with Rachel Draper and Kiah Simmons each adding three. Rachel Simmons and Raby had two points apiece, with Zanetta Mason and Kara Beth Beverly each converting a free throw.

KCHS was led by Michelle Mubarak and Brooke Berarducci with seven points each.

Driver was pleased with the Lady Ads’ assist-to-turnover ratio.

“We had sixteen assists and twelve turnovers, so when we have that many assists we’re working as a team,” Driver said. “We’re looking for the open shot.”


After a stiff test at Powell against the powerful Lady Panthers Monday night, Farragut began play in the Chop House Classic at Central High School Tuesday against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett (both games after press deadline).

If they won Tuesday, the Lady Ads will play the Karns-Jefferson County winner at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, in the semifinal round. If they lose Tuesday, Farragut will play the Karns-JCHS loser at noon Friday. The championship game is set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m.


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