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Defense ‘Ads’ up, Bearden swept
FHS girls hold Lady Bulldogs without a basket in last 11-plus minutes to win

Opposites attract, and that’s exactly what happened when the Bearden Lady Bulldogs traveled to Farragut High School to take on the Lady Ads Friday, Jan. 21.

Having won nine of its last 10 games entering the week — six of seven without standout post Natalie Munday — Farragut’s record improved to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in District 4-AAA entering the week after a 35-28 victory against the struggling Lady Bulldogs.

With seven losses in a row, BHS saw its record plummet to 9-11 overall and 3-8 in the district entering the week.

A severe second half scoring drought for the Lady Bulldogs allowed FHS to take and retain the lead for good.

“Everyone played good defense in the second half,” FHS senior guard/wing Ashley Tipton said. “We put a lot more ball pressure on, and that created a lot more trouble for them to get it in the post. We did a great job.”

With Bearden’s last field goal of the game coming with 4:30 left in the third quarter on Sarah Himmelreich 3-pointer — which put the Lady Bulldogs up 27-25 for the time being — the stage was set for the Lady Ads to take control.

“We decided to go man-to-man this time, and pretty much stayed with that, we’d been playing zone in the past,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “They did a good job against our zone, finding shooters. So we decided to go man and see what we could do. We did a real good job defensively, and I thought our post players did a good job on Ashley Blue. Ashley had a real good first half (scoring all 10 of her points in the half), then we shut her out in the second half, which was very important.”

With Bearden’s final point coming with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter on a Kelly Kohlbusch free throw, the Lady Bulldogs went 10 minutes and 15 seconds between scores and the final 11:30 without a field goal.

“We scored eight points in the second half and one point in the fourth quarter, that’s not too good,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said. “We played good defense. We did everything we wanted to do with our game plan except put the ball in the hole.”

Himmelreich, the Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer, was held to just nine points by a tough Lady Ads defense led by post players, Kiah Simmons and Catelyn Dake.

“I thought Kiah (Simmons) did real good job on defense and on the boards, and she made a couple of big baskets in the first half,” Driver said. “I thought Catelyn Dake did a good job on Himmelreich, held her to nine points for the game. Even though she got in foul trouble I had to stay with her. Himmelreich’s very quick, and Catelyn’s got the speed, I think, to stay with her.”

With defense doing its part, the Lady Ads’ offense did just enough to grab the lead for good. After trailing 20-17 at halftime, junior point guard Beth Raby scored the first four points of the second half, the last two on a lay-up following her steal to give FHS its first lead of the game, 21-20, less than two mintues into the period.

“Beth almost played the whole game, she’s a warrior out there,” Driver said. “She did a good job running the team, even though I know she was tired at the end and her calves were cramping.”

With the lead flip-flopping a few times until the BHS scoring drought, Raby and Ashley Tipton stepped up the offense. Raby tied the game at 27 with a layup with 1:42 remaining in the third quarter and Tipton put FHS on top for good with a lay-up with six seconds remaining in the third to give FHS a 29-27 lead.

“Ashley (Tipton) made a couple of big threes,” Driver said. The Tipton-Raby duo combined for 22 points (Tipton 12, Raby 10) to lead the Lady Ads in scoring. Kiah Simmons, Rachel Simmons and Dake each contributed four points and Rachel Draper added one.

Coach Driver said it was a tough challenge for his team. “They made us work for every point we had, it was a defensive struggle,” he said. “They didn’t miss any shots in the first half.”

But when BHS did miss, “We really limited their offensive rebounds, I think we held ’em to under four for the game,” Driver said. “We did a good job limiting them to one shot.”

With FHS losing to Bearden 60-46 on Dec. 3 at BHS, “I told the team before the game, ’ya gotta want it,’” Tipton said. “We got beat by about twenty (points) last time, so we definitely wanted it.”


Racing ahead 18-7 before outscoring South-Doyle 22-13 in the third quarter, Farragut rolled to an easy 68-43 victory behind Tipton’s 18 points — including four 3-point field goals — Tuesday, Jan. 18, at FHS.

Rachel Simmons added 13 points and eight rebounds.

“That was probably one of the best games we’ve played in a while,” Driver said. “Ashley shot the ball extremely well .... Rachel Simmons had a real good game.”

Raby scored nine, with Rachel Draper adding seven, Zanetta Mason six, Kara Beth Beverly five and Catelyn Dake four. Kiah Simmons and Allison Bosse each scored two, while Haley Williams and C.J. Dake each added a point.


Driver said Munday could be back as soon as next Tuesday’s game (Feb. 1) at Karns. The 6-foot senior has been out since late December with a severely sprained ankle


After taking a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter against Heritage Tuesday, Jan. 18, at BHS, Bearden watched its lead shrink thanks mainly to standout junior point guard Cait McMahan. McMahan scored 30 points to lead HHS to a 61-51 win.

Himmelreich led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points. Nicole Austin scored 13, Ashley Blue 12.


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