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Quick start allows FHS girls to sweep Bearden

For the second time this season against the Bearden Lady Bulldogs, the Farragut Lady Admirals’ basketball team got off to a big lead and ran with it en route to a 48-37 win Friday, Jan. 20, at BHS.

Using its size as an advantage, Farragut (15-4 overall and 7-2 in District 4-3A entering the week) shut down the Bearden (10-10, 4-5) offense in the first half, taking a commanding 28-8 lead into the break.

“We came out making our shots, our post players made some shots inside,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “We were able to penetrate and get some shots. We got a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half.

“They got a lot of shots, but they were contested shots where they had to shoot with somebody in their face. And we held ‘em to one or two offensive rebounds in the first half and got a big lead.”

The big lead was sparked by FHS senior Haley Williams, scoring six of her nine points in the first quarter. “Haley Williams came out — she didn’t play real well against Maryville, she was disappointed with her play — and she came out and I think she said, ‘I’m going to do something to get myself going,’” Driver said about his senior wing. “She came out in the first quarter and instead of shooting a three drove it to the basket and finished. And that’s what we needed, that was a spark. She had a great first half.

“In the second half she had a big three when it looked like the momentum was starting to change, they had it down to eleven,” Driver added.

Williams said, “I usually stay outside the three-point arc, but I just felt like I needed to come in and give us some intensity and momentum, and I just took it right to the basket.”

Driver said overall, “I thought everybody contributed, and that’s the way we’ve been playing. There’s nobody going to go out and score twenty-five. ... everybody gets eight, nine, ten. It’s a team effort. There’s no superstars on this team.”

In addition to Williams, Catelyn Dake led Farragut with 11, Kiah Simmons and Beth Raby had six each, Rachel Draper and Stephanie Torrence had five apiece, Rachel Simmons four and Kara Beth Beverly had two.

According to Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges, the size of the Lady Admirals presented the biggest problem.

“The first half some of our shots didn’t fall early (against) their 1-3-1 (defense), we knew it was coming but we can’t practice their size,” the coach said. “They are so big at every position.

“They pounded us inside, pounded us on the boards. There was no was we could simulate that.”

Bearden’s Allysia Bailey had a game-high 15 points. Mary Hirst had 12, Sarah Himmelreich six, and Sarah Canter and Jenna Maynard had two each.


Bearden was unable to slow down Heritage and lost 59-51 Tuesday Jan. 17, at BHS. Bailey led all scorers with 19 but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to slow down four double digit scorers for Heritage, led by Hillary Tipton’s 17.


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