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Strong effort, depth help Lady Ads begin season 3-2


Strong effort and solid depth are factors serving the Farragut Lady Admirals well enough in its first five games to scratch out a 3-2 record.

“They’ve played hard for me all year long,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said after a 57-49 win against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in the 2007 Chop House Classic fifth-place game Saturday, Nov. 24, at Central High School.

Though Driver said the Lady Ads “haven’t played as smart at times as we’ve needed to,” they committed only seven turnovers against KDB, “That’s fantastic,” Driver said. “We did a good job hanging on to the ball at the end.”

Against Jefferson County Friday, in a 56-52 second-round win, Driver said, “We forced 22 turnovers, but we had about 20 for ourselves.”

Free throw shooting is a concern, as Farragut hit 13 of 22 free attempts Saturday. “[Friday] we had a horrible day shooting free throws [9 of 22],” Driver said.

As for the three-game stretch at Central, where Farragut bounced back after losing to Cocke County 58-50 in round one action Nov. 20, “Jennifer Rutherford had a really solid tournament for us,” Driver said.

Rutherford, a 5-foot-6 junior wing, scored 12 points Saturday that included “a couple of big threes for us.”

She matched that effort against Jefferson County, scoring 12 with a pair of threes. “She’s stepping it up,” Driver added. “I think that’s good for us, especially with Stephanie Torrence being out for us.”

Torrence, the Lady Admirals’ starting shooting guard and most experienced perimeter threat, was injured against Webb Nov. 17. “She bruised her ligament in her leg,” Driver said, adding the junior could be back this week.

Against Dobyns-Bennett, 5-foot-9 senior starting post C.J. Dake led offensively with 13 points and 11 rebounds, coming off a 14-rebound, six-point effort against Jefferson County.

Driver said 5-foot-11 sophomore post Stephanie Harris “had a real good game for us” Saturday, scoring 10 points in the first half against KDB, ending with 12.

Kylann Scheidt added eight points and seven rebounds against KDB, while 5-foot-9 senior starting post Allison Bosse scored five, Meredith Lindley and Stephanie Amato three each and Brittney Doss, junior starting point guard, added a free throw.

Among other scorers against Jefferson County were Haley Newby with eight and Katie Cafferky with a free throw.

Bosse was the lone Lady Ad in double figures scoring against Cocke County, pouring in 12.

SEASON OUTLOOK

Driver returns three starts from last season’s team that finished a disappointing 15-17.

The coach labels posts Bosse, Dake and Harris “quick and fast.”

Led by Torrence and Doss, “We’ve got some experience back at the guard position,” Driver said, adding the back-up point Alex Newby, a sophomore, provides quickness.

Other Lady Admirals looking to contribute are senior post Amanda Isbell, sophomore wing Abbie Cooper and freshman post Sarah DeBusk.

 

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