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With sweep at Webb, Farragut hoop teams get back on track
Lady Ads hold on despite Raby injury, Munday fouls

Having lost its starting point guard to injury in the first quarter, the Farragut Lady Admirals needed its senior firepower to come through more than ever in the second half against Webb Friday night.

Trailing the Spartans 27-23 at halftime, “I challenged Natalie at halftime,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said in reference to star senior post Natalie Munday. “She’s a great player, and there’s no reason why she shouldn’t push this team and continue to score, and that’s what she did. She responded very well. She had a great second-half.”

With 15 of her 22 points coming in the second half, which included four clutch free throws in the final 70 seconds of the game, the Lady Ads hung on to beat the Spartans 60-58 Dec. 17, at Webb.

“Ashley did the same thing,” Driver said about senior guard Ashley Tipton, who finished with six 3-point baskets and a game-high 25 points. “Those are two seniors, those two guys, they have to step up and play strong for us all four quarters, and especially in the second half. And they did a great job.”

Tipton scored 13 in the second-half, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped turn a 30-25 deficit at the 5:51 mark into a 38-35 lead with 2:08 left in the quarter.

“When Ashley starts hitting, she feels like she can make it from anywhere, twenty-two feet, twenty-three feet,” Driver said. “And that’s a good feeling when you’ve got somebody out there like that.”

A pair of Tipton baskets near the goal plus a Munday driving basket gave the Lady Ads a 52-46 lead with 4:21 to play in the game.

Four Munday free throws sandwiched around a Kitty Houston basket for Webb made it 59-55 with 46 seconds to go.

But a free throw from 6-foot-2 freshman phenom Glory Johnson followed by a turnover gave Webb the ball with 30 seconds remaining and a chance to tie. But Spartan eighth-grader Jessica Gozwitz’s three-point attempt rimmed out, and Lady Ad post Kiah Simmons got the rebound.

Filling in for Munday — who fouled out with 34 seconds to play — Simmons’ two free throws made it 60-56 with 23 seconds left.

Down 60-58 with 5.7 seconds to go, the Spartans had one final chance after Tipton missed two free throws.

Although Houston got the ball and raced downcourt into shooting range as the clock wound down, the senior never got off a shot.

For Webb, whose record fell to 6-5 entering the week, Johnson led with 17 points followed by Houston with 14.

Improving its record to 6-6 (still 0-4 in District 4-AAA) the Lady Ads end a five-game losing streak.

Farragut junior point guard Beth Raby missed most of the game after a first quarter collision with Houston, resulting in a head injury not believed to be serious according to Driver.

“You can’t hardly replace Beth, but Zanetta did a fabulous job,” the FHS coach said about sophomore backup point guard Zanetta Mason. “I think after a couple of minutes of getting loose she did a great job handling the ball.”

Munday also got hurt, aggravating a shoulder injury in a second-half collision. “I sprained my AC joint in it,” Munday said, though the senior is confident she’ll be ready to play during the Playground Shootout tournament in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Dec. 28-30. “I’m going to play through it because I feel my team needs me.”

As for other top individual efforts, “I think Catelyn Dake did a real good job on defense,” Driver said about his junior post coming off the bench. “She didn’t score a whole lot, but I thought she did a good job of getting in front of Glory Johnson. And Glory is already a fabulous player, she’s only a ninth-grader, and she’s just going to get better.”

Kiah Simmons added five points for Farragut, followed by Mason with three. Rachel Draper and Dake each had two points. Haley Williams had one point.

“I thought Kiah came off the bench and gave us a big lift, and did a good job on the boards and made a big basket for us there,” Driver said.

“K. B. (Beverly, sophomore wing) played a lot in this game, and I thought she did a good job on the boards and gave us a little bit more size in there.”


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