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Williams, Dake lead FHS girls to within one win of sub-state
Freshman helps Lady Ads finish third in 4-AAA tournament with OT win


SEVIERVILLE — Haley Williams scored 13 of her 18 points in the third quarter, helping the Farragut Lady Admirals turn its game around versus Campbell County.

The No. 3-seed from District 4-AAA, FHS held on to beat the No. 2-seeded Lady Cougars of District 3-AAA 59-55 in the opening round of the Region 2-AAA Tournament at Sevier County High School Monday, Feb. 27.

With a 24-8 record after the victory, Farragut played the William Blount-Karns winner in Wednesday’s region semifinals (after press deadline). A win and the Lady Ads play in tonight’s region title game at 7 p.m. with a sub-state berth assured. A loss would end Farragut’s season.

Down by as many as six points in the second quarter, and trailing 28-25 at halftime, FHS was energized by Williams’ three 3-point baskets in the frame to build a 46-35 lead going to the fourth quarter.

“She had a big third quarter for us,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “We shot the ball extremely well in the third quarter.”

Farragut’s advantage grew to 13, but Campbell County (final 19-10 record) rallied — thanks largely to poor FHS free throw shooting — and had the ball with less than 30 seconds to play with a chance to tie, trailing 58-55. But a CCHS shot misfired and Williams was fouled with only 7.1 seconds to play.

The senior wing hit the second of two free throws to seal the win.

Senior post Catelyn Dake led all scorers with 19. Kiah Simmons added nine, Beth Raby six.

While Driver said his Lady Ads “rebounded extremely well,” he was unhappy with “way too many turnovers” and free throws. FHS hit only 11 of 26 charity tosses.

After a 62-54 District 4-AAA tourney semifinal loss to William Blount Feb. 22, Farragut squeaked out a 68-62 overtime win versus South-Doyle Feb. 23 for third-place.

Two Stephanie Torrence steals and four overtime points from the freshman (six overall) led the way, as four straight forced turnovers by the FHS defense helped erase a five-point SDHS overtime lead.

Raby led with 21 points followed by Dake’s 16, Rachel Draper’s 11 and Kara Beth Beverly’s six.

Raby and Dake were District 4-AAA All-tourney team honorees.

 

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