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FHS girls fight injuries, close losses
Torrence, reserves hurt; Lenoir City pulls upset

Almost beating powerful Heritage on the road was a nice consolation for the Farragut Lady Admirals because Mike Driver liked his team’s overall effort.But losing to struggling Lenoir City by a similar two-point margin three days later — coming in the friendly confines of FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium — offered no consolation.

Missing his leading scorer and key reserve going into the Friday, Jan. 12 game plus losing another key player during the contest, “We’ve got to have some people step up when people get hurt,” coach Driver said after the 30-28 loss.

“It’s tough when you loose your leading scorer [Stephanie Torrence] and strong presence off the bench [Morgan Holbrook], and then your other starter gets hurt in the middle of the game [Jennifer Rutherford] that can shoot outside.

“If you only have one person stepping up and making shots and doing something on the offensive end, teams will concentrate on that person and make it hard on her to score, and I think that’s what we saw tonight. The second half, especially,” he added.

Torrence, who sprained her ankle in practice Jan. 11, is doubtful to play Friday when archrival Bearden invades Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium at FHS for a 6:30 p.m. opening tip-off.

Also missing Morgan, a sophomore wing, for the last two weeks with an injury, Farragut lost sophomore wing Rutherford during the Lenoir City game after reportedly breaking her nose.

Senior post Kiah Simmons took up some of the slack and scored 12 points, nine in the second half, while raking down several offensive rebounds.

“She was trying so hard to get as many rebounds as she could,” Driver said.

Tied 28-28 with a minute to go, each team exchanged turnovers but the Lady Panthers benefited last, after a Farragut walking violation, and took possession with 51.2 seconds left.

Off a nice feed when breaking to the basket, Lenoir City’s Alicia Vest scored from seven feet out with 21 seconds remaining.

“They got some good looks inside, they did a good job doing that,” Driver said.

After a short FHS jumper missed, Simmons grabbed yet another offensive rebound and drew a two-shot foul with only two-tenths of a second showing.

But Simmons missed the critical first free throw, then vainly missed the second one on purpose hoping for a tip-in at the buzzer that never came close to happening.

Dropping to 1-6 in District 4-AAA entering the week, Farragut’s overall record fell to 12-10. LCHS won only its third game (3-11).

“Coach told us everyone is going to have to step up scoring-wise,” said senior Kara Beth Beverly, who scored six points against LCHS. “We didn’t do it tonight.”

C.J. Dake and Brittany Doss each scored four points, while Rutherford had two.


“We played really good defense down there, except in the third quarter when more or less their offense was generating [points] off our turnovers,” Driver said of the Jan. 9 loss. “We had way too many turnovers for the game, I think twenty-three, twenty-four turnovers, and they only had eleven.”

Heritage stayed near the top in 4-AAA after the win, improving to 5-1 (14-5 overall). Turnovers helped erase a two-point FHS halftime lead, as the Lady Mountaineers built a five-point advantage after three quarters and hung on.

Individually, “Stephanie Harris scored eight points off the bench and did a good job getting physical with ’em down low,” Driver said. “We did a good job being more physical with ’em with Kiah and Stephanie.”

Torrence and Beverly led FHS with 12 points each. Harris had eight, Dake and Simmons seven each, Doss three, Rutherford two and Allison Bosse one point.


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