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Revenge not the only Lady Admiral motivator at LC; season on the line tonight


Holding Lenoir City scoreless for more than 15 minutes, Farragut got plenty of revenge for an upset loss to the Lady Panthers Jan. 12.

But other factors fueled the Lady Admirals’ stellar defensive effort Friday, Feb. 9, in a 41-13 romp at LCHS. “It wasn’t really revenge, it was more about pride and respect for ourselves,” senior post Kiah Simmons said, “so we came out with fire to be better in-general, rebounds and all.

“Our defense was amazing,” Simmons added. “We’re ready for the playoffs.”


Ending District 4-AAA play as the No. 6 seed (4-10 record, 15-15 overall entering the week), the Lady Ads’ season is on the line tonight. FHS travels to No. 3-seed Heritage (11-3) in the first round of the 4-AAA tourney. Opening tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

A loss and the FHS season is over, a huge concern given the Lady Admirals’ 72-51 home setback to the Lady Mountaineers Feb. 6 despite staying close in a 54-52 loss at HHS Jan. 9 (See complete tourney rundown in story below).

FHS 41 LCHS 13

Ahead only 9-6 after one period, Farragut pitched a second-quarter shutout and would not allow a field goal for more than 17 minutes. It was 20-6 at the half and 24-9 after three. “We always play [against FHS male students] one day a week, and I thought we did a good job against the guys yesterday playing defense,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said.

Back-up junior point guard Katie Cafferky said revenge was at least a small factor after LCHS beat Farragut 30-28 in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. “Coach Driver talked about it right before we came out,” she said. “We were ready to get revenge.”

Lenoir City enters tourney play as the No. 7 seed (2-12).

Senior wing Kara Beth Beverly led all scorers with eight points, followed by sophomore guard Stephanie Torrence with seven and Simmons with six. Brittany Doss and Morgan Holbrook each scored five, C.J. Dake four and Jennifer Rutherford, Andrea Britton and Brooke LeGate two each.

“Brooke LeGate looked good in practice the last couple of days [leading up to LCHS game], so I got her some minutes and she did a good job on the front of the press,” Driver added about his sophomore post. “She’s so athletic, I want her to use that athleticism.”

The FHS skipper added that Cafferky, a junior, “looked good in practice, and she gave a lot of minutes at point guard. I thought C-J Dake [junior post] did a good job being aggressive and getting some boards. She did a good job on the Kuhl girl [Katie] of Lenoir City, held her to three points, and she’s their leading scorer.”

Driver said Brooke LeGate and junior post Allison Bosse also had a hand in slowing down Kuhl.

HERITAGE 72 FHS 51

Driver praised Holbrook, a sophomore wing, for “doing a good job for us.” Holbrook scored eight, second behind leading scorer Beverly with 14. Torrence added seven, Simmons five and Stephanie Harris, Doss and Bosse four each. Rutherford scored three and Meredith Lindley two. Katie Brooks led Heritage with 23 points.

 

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