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Lady Ads hold off SDHS after taking Raby-Puleo shootout with Lady Govs

Despite high-powered second-half scoring efforts from the South-Doyle twins and William Blount’s standout guard, the Farragut Lady Admirals added a pair of District 4-AAA wins last week.

Following a 78-70 victory at WBHS Monday, Dec. 12 — where Lady Governor guard Angela Puleo and Lady Ad guard Beth Raby combined for 37 points in the fourth quarter — FHS held off the Lady Cherokees 58-50 Friday at FHS.

Farragut, which entered the week 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the district, finished up play today in the Mid-South Classic, an eight-team tournament at Livingston Academy in Livingston that began Monday.

FHS 78 WBHS 70

While Raby scored 18 points of her 26 points in the fourth quarter, Puleo countered with 19 of her game-high 39 points.

“I guess each of us just wanted our teams to win more,” Raby said. “Late on in the fourth quarter they were just fouling, and I was getting to the free throw line that way, and I was getting a few lay-ups in the fourth quarter as well,” Raby said.

Though FHS head coach Mike Driver said Raby “didn’t feel very good,” the coach added that his senior point guard “just kicked it into high gear in the fourth quarter.

“And Puleo just went off, too, Puleo’s a fabulous player,” Driver added. “She had five threes in the fourth-quarter.”

Driver said Farragut hit the boards hard, with Kiah Simmons leading the way with 14 rebounds followed by Catelyn Dake with 13. “We had forty-six rebounds at William Blount, nineteen offensive,” Driver said. “We out-rebounded them by fourteen or fifteen, which really helped us in that game.”

Praising top performances in both of last week’s games, “I thought Catelyn Dake had a great week,” Driver said. “I thought she had a good game tonight, and I thought she rebounded for us extremely well at William Blount. ... Kiah had a great week, she had a great game at William Blount, she dominated the boards. She had had fourteen rebounds, got a lot of second-chance points. ... K-B [Beverly], she’s getting her shot back, she had three big threes tonight.”

Beverly and Dake each scored 12 versus William Blount.

“I thought Haley Williams had a good game tonight, I though Haley made some good, timely shots. She’s taking care of the ball.” Williams scored 13 against WBHS, while C.J. Dake added six, Rachel Draper five and Stephanie Torrence four points.

FHS 58 SDHS 50

“I thought we played one of the better first halves we’ve played this year,” Driver said. “We played really good defense. ... We shot real well the first half. They shot poorly. ... We forced ten turnovers.”

Held to just six combined points in the first half, South-Doyle twin posts Kinsey and Kelsey Gaylor combined for 25 in the second half. And along with guard Kerry Nash and her three 3-point baskets in the third quarter, the Lady Cherokees rallied in the second half.

Leading by 17 points late in the third quarter, Farragut saw SDHS go an 11-0 run to cut a 52-35 lead to 52-46 with 3:20 to play.

As for the “twins” in the second half, “the left-handed one, number thirty [Kinsey] ... “We couldn’t stop her in the second half. ... “We know she turns on her right shoulder, she drives left to score but we seemed to always forget when we get out there,” Driver said. “They went nine-for-eleven from twos in the second-half with essentially those two shooting the ball. I knew they were going to be better, we just did a poor job defending it. Kiah got in foul trouble early.”

Catelyn Dake led FHS with 10 points. Beverly hit 3 three-pointer and had nine. Williams also scored nine.


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