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Tough times for Lady Admirals

An eight minute stretch from midway into the second quarter to the middle of the third period had the Farragut Lady Admirals primed for an upset at South-Doyle.But a 13-0 run sparked by Galyon sisters, Kaitlyn, Kelsey and Kinsey combined clutch three-pointers and tough inside play to rally in the Lady Cherokees past FHS 51-46 Friday, Dec. 15, at SDHS.

Combined with a 69-55 loss versus William Blount Dec. 12 in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium, the Lady Ads entered the week with a three-game losing streak (6-5 overall, 1-4 in District 4-AAA). South-Doyle improved to 7-3 overall, 4-1 in the district entering the week.

“I thought we did a tremendous job hustling. I thought we played hard,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “I though the girls dove for loose balls. ... That intensity is going to pay off, maybe not tonight, but maybe the next game.”

Trailing 13-8 late in the first quarter, the Lady Ads tied it 13-13 with a Jennifer Rutherford three-point basket with 6:42 left in the first half.

A Kiah Simmons spinning basket kept it close, then Morgan Holbrook came off the bench to spark Farragut with a three-point basket and steal-turned-lay-up as FHS ended the half with a 7-1 run and a 22-19 edge — its first lead of the game.

Momentum didn’t die in the locker room, as the Lady Admirals used crisp passing from Brittany Doss and C.J. Dake to set up baskets from Stephanie Torrence, Dake and a pair from Simmons for an 8-2 Farragut run and a 30-21 lead three minutes into the third quarter.

With Stephanie Harris’ rebound basket and a Torrence rebound basket after Doss’s steal, the lead remained nine, 34-25.

“We came out in the second half and ran the floor, I thought we had ’em on their heels,” Driver said.

Individually, “I thought we had some people come off the bench and do a good job,” Driver said. “Morgan Holbrook came off the bench and hit a big three for us. I thought Meredith [Lindley] came in and played good defense.

“I thought Kiah did a good job battling on the boards [seven rebounds],” Driver added. “She made some big shots.”

But a Kelsey Gaylon lay-up began a lightning quick 13-0 SDHS run late in the third period — aided by FHS turnovers — followed by a pair of three-pointers from Christian Moseley and one from Kaitlyn Gaylon plus Kelsey Galyon steal and two free throws that put the Lady Cherokees up 38-34 with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.

“We didn’t do a good job toward the end of that third quarter ... our back-line was supposed to come out and hedge that shooter and then the top person will have time to go over,” Driver said. “We kinda stayed back and didn’t get out there, and those three threes were big changing the momentum.”

After Torrence’s two free throws and Harris’s driving basket with 7:38 left in the game tied things up, 38-38, South-Doyle went on a 6-1 run and would never be caught.

A Kara Beth Beverly three-pointer and Allison Bosse spinning five-footer kept Farragut within a basket on two separate occasions late, but the Lady Cherokees hit 9-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

Torrence led Farragut in both points, 10, and rebounds, nine, followed by Simmons with nine points and seven rebounds, and Dake with eight points. Beverly had seven rebounds.

The Galyon sisters led South-Doyle, topped by Kaitlyn’s 14 followed by Kinsey with 13 and Kelsey’s 11.

WBHS 69 FHS 55

Torrence led the way in scoring against William Blount (3-4, 2-2 after the game) with 16, followed by Beverly with 10. Simmons and Dake each added nine, while Bosse chipped in six, Harris four and Lindley one.


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