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After defense rules at Fulton, Lady Ads lose in 2OT at West


Stellar defense helped the Farragut Lady Admirals break a four game losing streak and beat Fulton on the road to begin last week — but a less than stellar finishing kick in the fourth quarter was fatal in a 68-62 double-overtime loss to West at WHS Friday, Dec. 22. The loss, dropping the Lady Admirals to 7-6 entering the week, wasted Kara Beth Beverly’s three-point basket from the key with three seconds left in regulation that tied the game 50-50.

Farragut blew a six-point lead with under two minutes to play, as West improved its record to 6-6 entering the week. The Lady Rebs avenged a 63-48 loss to the Lady Ads at FHS Nov. 30.


“Tonight was a tough loss,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “We played hard but we didn’t always play smart. ... We’ve gotta learn that winning feeling again. Sometimes when you start losing the close games it’s tough to get you over the hump.”

Individually, “Meredith [Lindley] came in a hit a couple of big threes for us, and she played pretty good defense,” Driver said. “I thought K-B [Beverly] played tough inside, her back’s been bothering her but she played extremely tough inside.”

Poor free throw shooting also helped doom the Lady Admirals, hitting only 5-of-14.

Though Farragut led the entire first half — building a 13-8 first quarter lead up to 26-17 late in the second quarter and ending 26-20 at the break — West went on a 6-0 run to tie 26-26 and grabbed its first lead, 28-27, with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

Five late points from sophomore guard Stephanie Torrence, who led FHS with 11, allowed Farragut to retake the lead, 38-34, after three quarters.

The Lady Admirals built the lead to 45-37 on a Beverly feed to senior post Kiah Simmons for a lay-up with 4:23 to play.

Down 47-41 with two minutes left, Lady Rebel guard Crystal Kesler, who led all scorers with 21 points, converted a fast-break lay-up then scored on a driving basket with 1:22 remaining to cut Farragut’s lead to 47-45.

After the Lady Ads missed two free throws, Lady Rebel wing Kristen O’Connor nailed the biggest basket of her 17 points with a three-pointer to suddenly put West up 48-47 with 30 seconds left.

The Rebels then ignited its crowd further with an inbounds steal-turned-lay-up for a 50-47 lead before Beverly’s heroics.

Two baskets by junior post C.J. Dake and a Torrence basket assisted by sophomore point guard Brittany Doss put FHS up 57-54 with 1:10 left in the first overtime.

But Lady Rebel Erika Lane, who ended with 19 points, nailed a three-pointer with 51 seconds left to tie the game 57-57. The overtime ended with a Farragut turnover and West fast-break where a Lady Rebels’ shot came a half-second too late under the basket.

West post Jasmine Robinson scored three key baskets during the first 1:49 of the second four-minute overtime to put the Lady Rebels up 64-59.

Doss’ three-point basket with 1:45 left cut the lead to 64-62, but Lane and O'Connor hit four straight free throws to seal the issue.

Simmons had 10 points for Farragut, with Beverly, Dake and Doss scoring nine each. Meredith Lindley scored six, followed by Stephanie Harris and Erin LeGate with four each.

FHS 45 FULTON 27

Though the Lady Falcons were missing its top scorer — standout guard Portia Bishop was out with a wrist injury — Driver was pleased with his team’s defense.

“We played really good defense, we guarded their next best player very well. We kept Jasmine Lewis contained,” Driver said about limiting Lewis to 13 points.

Simmons led Farragut with 12 points followed by Torrence with 10 and Dake with eight. Britton scored six, while Beverly, Bosse, Morgan Holbrook and Erin LeGate each scored two and Harris one.

“C-J Dake played well, and Kiah did a good job inside for us in the post, did a good job rebounding and got putbacks,” Driver said.

Fulton’s record fell to 5-4.

 

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