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Puleo, WBHS girls pull away after Farragut rally late in second frame


A quick burst to begin the game, then overcoming a nine-point deficit late in the second quarter to lead by four early in the third were encouraging signs for the Farragut girls basketball team at William Blount.

But the Lady Ads went ice cold during the final 14 minutes of play, and the Lady Govs enjoyed bursts of excellent shooting by Angela Puleo and company to take control after three quarters.

William Blount improved its District 4-AAA record to 7-5 (11-11 overall) by winning 65-55 Friday, Feb. 2, at WBHS.

Meanwhile, another tough week for Mike Driver's Lady Ads included a 51-47 loss at Karns Jan. 30, as Farragut entered the week 14-14 overall, 3-9 in 4-AAA.

Against the Lady Govs, "I thought we played hard, I thought we played a solid defensive game, as good as we could having to press the whole time trying to get out of our press and cover half-court," coach Driver said. "We didn't play as good on defense in the first half as we did in the second half at times.

"But our offense responded well in the first half," Driver added. "In the second half we missed some shots, and they did a good job of making us take some shots that were tough finishing shots."

Puleo, a senior standout guard and University of Georgia signee, scored a game-high 30 points and passed the 2,500-career point mark during the game.

In late January she also became the leading scorer in Blount County girls basketball history (since 5-on-5 play began in the 1979-80 season), passing Heritage standout guard Cait McMahan, now a UT Lady Volunteer.

"Puleo is just a consummate scorer," Driver said. "She's one the best offensive players I've seen from the guard position in this area."

Danielle Sampley (No. 31) added 15 points for WBHS.

Meanwhile, three Lady Admirals reached double figures scoring, led by sophomore guard Stephanie Torrence's 17 points. All 15 points from senior guard Kara Beth Beverly came on three-point baskets, three of which were critical to Farragut's second-quarter rally.

"Kara Beth hit some big shots," Driver said.

Junior post Allison Bosse scored 13, six in the first quarter.

"I thought Allison Bosse did a good job starting tonight, I thought she came out with a lot of intensity and she did a really good job on the offensive end," Driver said. "Her defense was very solid, she was aggressive and that's what we were looking for."

C.J. Dake scored six, with Kiah Simmons and Meredith Lindley adding two each.

Up 8-2 early, Farragut saw William Blount rally to tie 18-18 after one.

With the Lady Ads down 37-28 with less than two minutes left in the first half, Beverly nailed consecutive three-pointers to pull FHS within 37-34 with 1:13 remaining. It was 37-36 at the break.

Another Beverly three pushed Farragut ahead 39-37, then a Bosse basket upped the lead to 41-37 with 6:52 left in the third quarter.

But after a Bosse lay-up made it 43-40 at the 6:23 mark, the Lady Admirals went almost six minutes without scoring.

The Lady Governors led 52-45 after three and Farragut got no closer.

KARNS 51 FHS 47

"Stephanie Harris came out and played really physical," Driver said, as the freshman post scored nine points against Karns.

"She came in and got some rebounds, got some put-backs. She had a really solid game coming off the bench."

Torrence led Farragut with 12 points. Beverly scored eight, Simmons six, Doss five, Jennifer Rutherford three and Bosse and Dake two each.

 

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