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Puleo’s 43 points not enough, Lady Ads solidify 4-AAA 2nd-place


In the first few seconds after Angela’s Puleo’s 25-foot game-winning shot hit the front of the rim and bounced away — allowing the Farragut Lady Admirals to escape with a 67-65 victory versus William Blount — FHS head coach Mike Driver was seen bent over as if enduring severe pain.

It was actually a gesture of relief that Puleo didn’t single-handedly beat his Lady Ads, whose win at FHS Friday, Feb. 3, improved its record to 9-3 in District 4-AAA, 19-6 overall entering the week.

“I was worn out emotionally,” said Driver, whose team won despite 43 points from Puleo, 18 alone in the fourth quarter. “You try everything in the world stop her. You hope she’ll pass it and someone else will shoot the ball, even if they’re wide open.”

The Lady Ads used strong inside play to build a 39-31 halftime lead that increased to 51-38 lead late in the third quarter before Puleo went into another gear.

Her three-point basket with 23 seconds to play cut the FHS lead to 66-65. After a Rachel Draper free throw, the Lady Govs had 20 seconds to tie or win the game.

But another Lady Gov player had the ball on what was set up to be William Blount’s final possession of regulation time. Driving to the hoop, Audra McBrayer was stripped by K. B. Beverly, who ended up with the ball after a mad scramble with 6.6 seconds left.

“I think K-B knocked it out of her hands and we both dove on it,” said senior wing Rachel Draper, who was guarding McBrayer. “I was just waiting on the ref to call jump ball [FHS with possession].”

But fouled with 4.9 seconds to play, the Lady Ads missed two free throws and Puleo grabbed the rebound, raced downcourt and managed to get off a 25-footer just before the buzzer.

FHS senior post Catelyn Dake scored 16 of her team-high 22 points in the first half while going 10 of 10 from the free throw line.

“Catelyn did a good job finishing,” Driver said. “That opened up the outside, and our wings knocked it down.” Dake fouled out with 5:07 to play.

Senior point guard Beth Raby added 16 for FHS, followed by Draper with 15, Beverly eight, Kiah Simmons four (along with a team-high nine rebounds) and Stephanie Torrence two points.

Danielle Sampley (No. 31) had 10 points for WBHS, (7-5 in the district, 12-5 overall). Samply fouled out with 5:26 left in the fourth.

FHS 56 KARNS 42

Dake again led the way, scoring 16 in a Tuesday, Jan. 31, home win. Raby added 10, Draper and Beverly eight each, Simmons seven, C.J. Dake five and Haley Williams two points.

 

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