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Loss at SDHS blows Lady Ads’ chance to catch No. 4 HHS

Blowing a golden opportunity to tie for the District 4-AAA lead, the Farragut Lady Admirals were doomed by poor decision-making at South Doyle Friday.

Just when the state No. 4-ranked Heritage Lady Mountaineers were upset at home versus Sevier County 61-56 Jan. 27, the Lady Ads could not take advantage, losing to district foe SDHS 51-46 the same evening.

Farragut’s district record stands at 8-3, one behind Heritage (9-2, 19-4 overall) entering the week. The Lady Ads were 17-6 overall starting the week.

“We made a lot of bad decisions in the first half, and I thought we shot the ball poorly,” said FHS head coach Mike Driver, whose girls never fully recovered from a 15-2 South Doyle run that began midway in the first quarter into the second frame.

Building as much as a nine-point first half lead, SDHS led 26-20 at the half before building as much as a 14-point edge, 35-21, midway into the third quarter, and 15-point advantage, 41-26, two minutes into the fourth period.

Having beaten SDHS twice already this season, “I think we came out thinking we were going to win,” junior post Kiah Simmons said.

Junior Zanetta Mason, filling in for starting point guard Beth Raby after she fouled out midway into the final quarter, completed a 13-3 FHS run with a lay-up, cutting the Lady Cherokee lead to 44-39 with two minutes left.

On three separate occasions during the final 70 seconds, the Lady Ads cut the lead to four but got no closer.

The Galyon twin posts, Kinsey (No. 30) and Kelsey (No. 3), led the way in scoring for SDHS, with Kinsey scoring 14 and Kelsey 13.

Rachel Draper and Catelyn Dake, who fouled out late in the game, each led FHS with 10 points. Raby scored eight, Kiah Simmons seven and Kara Beth Beverly three. Mason, Allison Bosse, Stephanie Torrence and Rachel Simmons each had two.


Trailing Sevier County by six points in the third quarter, Farragut rallied to win 42-35 in a district clash at SCHS Tuesday, Jan. 24. Driver praised Dake (12 points, eight rebounds) and Torrence. (nine points, seven in the third quarter) Among the other scorers, Haley Williams had four.


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