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Girls end drought
Lady Ads finally win back-to-back in district

Farragut woke up from its District 4-AAA nightmare last week, as the Lady Admirals won a pair of district games that led to screams heard outside a happy FHS locker room. Following a relatively easy 58-44 victory against Sevier County Jan. 23, Farragut finally won a close game in 4-AAA by holding off South-Doyle 39-36 Friday, Jan. 26, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

It was also an upset, as South-Doyle remains near the top of the 4-AAA standings (7-4, 16-8 overall).

“They were excited after the game,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said, as his Lady Admirals improved to 14-12 overall, 3-8 in District 4-AAA, entering the week. “We hung on there, it’s one of those games where you want the clock to run a little faster. They were creeping back in. We knew they would. We played really good defense throughout the game.”

That defense would shine in the final seconds of play.

Kara Beth Beverly’s rebound basket with 2:37 left in the first quarter gave the Lady Ads a 7-6 lead it would never relinquish. Beverly sealed the deal by nailing five of six free throw attempts in the game’s final minute.

Saying she welcomes the pressure of late-game free throws, “I work real hard on those, I work weekends with the coach for a long time with free throws,” Beverly said. “I’m comfortable because I know I can hit ’em. I like going to the free throw line.”

Driver added, “I wanted her on the line at the end.”

As for turning a corner with consecutive 4-AAA wins, “It feels good,” FHS junior post C.J. Dake said. “Our defense came up and it was great tonight, it helped us win the game. We kept our composure, kept our heads and knocked down some free throws.”

Though South-Doyle closed a 25-15 lead down to 29-28 with 5:11 left in the game, Farragut held on starting with Kiah Simmons’ rebound basket with 4:40 to play, making it 31-28.

Dake’s fast-break pass to Stephanie Torrence for a lay-up increased the lead to five, 33-28, but the Lady Cherokees cut the lead to 33-32 after Kinsey Galyon’s 12-footer with 1:41 left.

Beverly sank a pair of free throws to make it 35-32 with 1:30 to play. South-Doyle misfired, but Farragut missed the front end of a one-and-one.

The SDHS girls missed a three-pointer to tie, and Brittany Doss sank one free throw for a 36-32 lead with 55.3 seconds remaining.

After another Kinsey Galyon basket, Beverly sank one of two free throws before Kelsey Galyon’s lay-up made it 37-36 with 18.7 seconds to play. Beverly converted two free throws with 11.3 ticks left, and South-Doyle had one chance to tie.

“With about eleven seconds left I told the girls we’d lost so many close games, and we can’t lose this one because it means a lot,” Beverly said.

Farragut’s extended defense pressured South-Doyle enough to deny the visitors a three-point shot attempt before time ran out. “They did a great job not letting them get a shot off,” Driver said.

No Lady Admirals finished in double figures scoring, but Simmons and Beverly led the winners with nine each.

Junior post Allison Bosse scored all seven of her points in the first half, helping FHS build a 20-12 halftime lead. “I was just trying to step up and make some points for my team ’cause I felt like they needed me,” Bosse said.

Torrence had five, Dake four, and Jennifer Rutherford and Meredith Lindley two each. Kinsey Galyon led all scorers with 16.


Seventeen of Torrence’s 20 points came in the first half as Farragut built a 32-20 halftime edge than increased to 48-29 after three frames. Beverly added 11, Simmons nine and Stephanie Harris six points. Among other scorers was Megan Holbrook with three.


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