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Strong finish for Lady Ads in Mid-South Classic

Getting roughed up in the opening round of the Mid-South Classic by a powerful Cumberland County team, the Farragut Lady Admirals bounced back for two wins during the 16-team gathering at Jackson County High School in Gainesboro and Upperman High School in Baxter, Dec. 19-21.

Finishing its 2005 portion of the schedule, Farragut will take an 11-3 overall record, 4-1 in District 4-AAA, to its next game Thursday, Jan. 5, at Oak Ridge.


Playing a team FHS head coach Mike Driver said “will probably be top five in the state among triple-A teams” when the latest rankings come out, the Lady Admirals were outplayed in many ways Monday, Dec. 19, in Gainesboro.

“We just had way too many turnovers, they put a lot of pressure on us, full-court and half-court,” Driver said about Farragut’s 25 turnovers. “And they shot the ball extremely well from threes, they had seven threes. And they beat us on the boards, they got a lot more offensive rebounds. They out-played us.”

Freshman Stephanie Torrence led the Lady Ads with 13 points. “She had a real solid game,” Driver said. “She likes that pace, fast up-and-down, continuous running.”

C.J. Dake added eight, followed by Catelyn Dake with six points and a team-high seven rebounds. Kiah Simmons added five points, followed by Kara Beth Beverly and Zanetta Mason with four each, Rachel Draper three and Beth Raby and Haley Williams two each.


In the loser’s bracket, Farragut held on for its first tourney win, 51-44, against Grundy County, Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Gainesboro.

Despite opening up a 12-2 lead after one quarter, “We had a lot of opportunities to get a big lead in the first half, and we just couldn’t seem to take advantage of their turnovers,” Driver said of a 20-12 halftime lead.

Thanks to one GCHS player, who scored 15 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-point baskets, Grundy pulled to within five before fading.

Draper, a senior wing, “got off to a hot start,” scoring 10 of Farragut’s 12 points in the first frame, ending with a team-leading 15 points that included three 3-pointers. All nine of Raby’s points came in the fourth-quarter. Catelyn Dake added nine.

Along with her team-high 14 rebounds and five blocked-shots, Simmons, a junior post, scored seven. C.J. Dake added four, Williams three and Torrence and Mason two points each.


Finishing up strong with a 62-53 victory versus Coffee County Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Baxter, “It was a pretty even game,” Driver said. A 14-12 Farragut lead after one frame, fueled by a pair of Draper three-pointers, grew to 28-21 at halftime thanks to a Raby three-pointer at the buzzer.

Coffee County three-pointes and missed FHS free throws were keys that helped reduced a 15-point Lady Ad fourth-quarter lead down to five late in the game. But Williams and Raby combined to go 8 of 10 at the foul line thereafter to help seal the win.

Catelyn Dake “had a good game” and led Farragut in scoring with 16 points. Draper ended with three 3-pointers and 13 points. Raby added 12. Beverly nailed a pair of three-pointers.

“We shot the ball pretty solidly from the perimeter in that game,” Driver said.


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