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Lady Ad posts taking up point slack during streak

Perhaps Beth Raby’s recent high numbers in steals and assists were expected of an experienced point guard stepping up during tough times — much as assists and three-point efficiency is from Ashley Tipton.

Actually, Raby, a junior, and Tipton, a senior wing, have helped lead the Farragut girls basketball team into good times of late despite the absence of standout senior post Natalie Munday, out since the first of the year with a severely sprained ankle.

That’s where three young post players come into focus, as the play of junior Catelyn Dake, sophomore Kiah Simmons and junior Rachel Simmons helped produce three Lady Ad wins last week — two in District 4-AAA.

Having won seven of its last eight games, Farragut (14-7 overall, 3-4 in the district enter ing the week) is on a roll heading into a week capped by a visit from arch-rival Bearden tomorrow (Friday), Jan. 21.

“My posts are playing well,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said after a 51-45 victory against Fulton Saturday, Jan. 15, at FHS. “Catelyn Dake’s playing extremely well and the other two, Kiah (Simmons) and Rachel (Simmons) are really starting to contribute ... making up the absence of Natalie. ... A lot of people have stepped up.

“And Ashley, I mean, everybody’s going to guard her up in her face, but she got some good looks in the second half and made ’em.”

Rachel Simmons said, “I think we’ve all had to step up a lot in Natalie’s absence because she’s a big loss, but I think we that we’ve all done what we’ve needed to do, and we’ve stepped up when we’ve needed to.

“I’ve always been gotten onto for not shooting enough,” Rachel added, “and so I’m now looking for my shot more.”

Dake and Rachel Simmons combined for 20 points against the Lady Falcons. Going 6-of-7 from the field, all of Dake’s 12 points came in the first half to carry FHS to a 26-18 halftime edge.

“Ashley played well, she did a good job distributing the ball to people,” Driver said of Tipton and her 12 points and six assists.

Kiah Simmons added two points and seven rebounds. Raby scored seven and grabbed three steals.

“We’ve been playing really good defense, boxing out,” said junior wing Rachel Draper, who scored six Saturday. “We’re all just really playing hard together.”

Though the Sevier County Bearettes are down this season, “this is the first time we’ve done it in a long time,” Driver said after a 44-30 FHS win Friday, Jan. 14, at SCHS. “We played good defense.”

Tipton led with 13 points, while Dake had 10. With two points, Raby had five steals and six assists.

Dake and the Simmons girls combined for 29 points in a 64-50 home win vs. West Tuesday, Jan. 11. Dake scored 11 and raked down 13 rebounds, while Tipton nailed five 3-pointers and led with 19 points. Kiah Simmons had 10 points.


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