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Driver grabs 100th victory

A drought of more than 30 games spanning more than 20 years continues for the Farragut Lady Admirals in its basketball rivalry with perennial power Oak Ridge. “It’s been over thirty straight wins for ‘em,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said about the Lady Wildcats mastery over the FHS program, most recently his FHS girls, adding that beating ORHS “is something that I want to try to do before I leave this place. Like I told [the players], ‘we’re that close,’ but we’ve got to be able to close that gap.” Most recent among the Driver years was a 41-35 setback at ORHS Thursday, Jan. 5.

But in his fifth year as head coach, the Driver years also include 100 wins, a mark obtained one night later in a 70-44 drubbing of Clinton in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Farragut entered the week with a 12-4 overall record, 4-1 in District 4-AAA.

ORHS 41 FHS 35

Rachel Draper, FHS senior wing, summed up two of the biggest factors in the loss to Oak Ridge.

“They played our shooters up real close and challenged us to take it on the dribble, and we weren’t capable of doing that,” she said. “I have trouble taking it off the dribble, I’m a set shooter.”

“It was hard to get it into the post,” the senior added. “And we went four-of-eighteen on free throws. We need to work on that.”

As for missing 14 of 18 free throws, “I don’t know if it’s something that we expend so much energy on offense and defense that we go up there and we don’t take a couple of deep breaths,” Driver said.

When Draper did get open looks, “I was shooting off the back of my feet, I didn’t get my feel set on anything,” she said.

Driver praised Draper’s effort and freshman guard Stephanie Torrence for “a real solid game.”

Senior point guard Beth Raby led the Lady Ads in scoring with 12, the only FHS girl in double figures. Draper added nine followed by Torrence with five and Kiah Simmons with three points. Rachel Simmons and Zanetta Mason each scored two.

FHS senior post Catelyn Dake, who was hampered by early foul problems, was held to two points.

Improving its overall record to 12-4, Oak Ridge was led by standout post Keke Stewart (No. 42). Stewart took charge in the second half, scoring 13 of her game-high 17 points in the final two quarters. Raegan Thompson (No. 20) added 11, nine coming in the first half. Kortni Jones (No. 24) added seven.

Driver said Oak Ridge’s rebound advantage, including a number of second-chance points, “was the big difference in the game.”

In addition, “They did a real good job in their half-court man[to-man] defense, and that put us in a hole. We couldn’t get in our press when we wanted to.”

Draper’s three-point basket provided Farragut’s only points of the entire first quarter, as Oak Ridge led 10-3 after one frame.

Though turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, Farragut forced eight turnovers while holding Stewart to only four points. But the Lady Cats took a 23-11 lead into halftime.


“I thought Allison Bosse came in and played well for us at the end,” Driver said about his sophomore reserve post, who scored six.

Torrence led Farragut with 11 points, followed by Raby with 10 and nine each for Catelyn Dake and Rachel Simmons. Other scorers: Kiah Simmons and Draper seven each, Haley Williams six, Kara Beth Beverly three, and C.J. Dake and Mason one each.


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