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Groundbreaking region champs one win short of state
Lady Ads come full circle with buzzer shot by Greeneville in 44-41 OT sectional loss


In a week filled with first-ever accomplishments by the Farragut girls basketball program, Greeneville brought the Lady Ads full circle. It wasn’t a fun finish.

Reliving Nicole Dickson’s buzzer-beating shot was much more painful the second time around.

Dickson, a GHS freshman post whose shot as time expired defeated Farragut in the season opener, did it again to close the Lady Ads’ season in heartbreaking fashion. Her three-point basket from the far corner at the buzzer in overtime beat FHS 44-41 in sectional play Saturday, March 4, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

The loss denied Region 2-AAA tourney champ Farragut [final 26-9 record] its first-ever trip to the TSSAA state tournament.

“We had a good defensive plan at the end, it just happened to be that Dickson made a shot with somebody [Rachel Draper] right in her face,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. ... “It’s a hard way to lose.

“I feel bad for them, feel in shock for them,” Driver added about his players. “But they’ve gone where no Farragut Lady Admiral team has gone before (see related story, page 18). It continues to build on that foundation that we’re trying to do here, that has an opportunity each year to go to the sub-state and then to the state ... now, we’ve set the bar higher.”

Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half and 20-14 at halftime, FHS rallied beginning with Haley Williams’ steal, layup and free throw less than 10 seconds into the third quarter.

A 12-2 FHS run capped by Stephanie Torrence’s three-point basket with 12 seconds left in the third period put Farragut up 29-27. Seconds before, a Kara Beth Beverly three-pointer gave the Lady Ads its first lead.

Two Catelyn Dake layups and a Kiah Simmons 15-footer put the Lady Ads up 35-29 with 4:58 to play. Farragut held a 37-34 lead after Simmons’ rebound basket with 2:25 to play — and after a GHS turnover the Lady Ads put the ball in deep freeze before a foul with 1:09 left.

A missed one-and-one free throw and subsequent blocked shot gave the Lady Greene Devils the ball. A free throw, an offensive rebound on the second miss, and a running 10 footer by GHS guard Whitney Carter tied the game 37-37 with 28 seconds left.

Farragut’s shot to win ended when Rachel Draper’s driving seven-foot basket was wiped off because of a controversial charge call with 5.8 seconds left.

”I don’t know if it was a charge or a block, I just don’t like that the officials didn’t let the players settle it on the court,” Driver said.

In overtime, Dickson scored all seven of Greeneville’s points and ended as her team’s leading scorer. with 12. Carter added 11.

Raby scored all four of Farragut’s OT points, including a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left that tied the game 41-41.

Dake led the Lady Ads with 14 points, followed by Raby’s nine, Draper with six, Simmons four, Torrence and Williams three and Beverly two points.

Driver said Raby, Dake and Simmons played the entire 36 minutes of the game. Simmons had a number of blocked shots in helping limit GHS’s low post scoring

“I’m extremely proud ... I told [the players] to reflect on all the positive things this year,” Driver said while praising seniors Raby, Dake, Draper and Williams.

 

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