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Turnovers can be devastating, and for the Farragut Lady Admirals they were plentiful in a 47-37 loss at West, Friday, Nov. 30. West’s defensive speed gave Farragut (3-5 overall record entering the week) problems all night long as it produced 23 Lady Admirals turnovers, 17 of which were steals.

“West is a very good team and they were extremely quick,” Farragut head coach Mike Driver said. “You’ve got to make sure against a team like that you shorten your passing lanes and you don’t do any bounce passes because they broke on the ball very quickly.”

Next is Farragut’s annual showdown with archrival Bearden in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Friday, Dec. 7. Opening tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.

Against West, Farragut trailed 22-17 heading into halftime despite the ball-handling problems in the first half. The Lady Admirals regrouped and trailed only 31-29 going into the fourth, but the West defensive pressure again rattled the Farragut offense.

“In the fourth quarter when they turned up the heat we started getting too quick and getting out of control and made a bunch of turnovers in the fourth quarter,” Driver said. “I think the first half we survived them, but I think the fourth quarter we got outscored 18-6. Most of it was because we turned the ball over and gave up some easy baskets. We’ve just got to be able to finish in the fourth quarter.”

Farragut stuck to its game plan and held West’s Erika Lane and Crystal Kessler to four and five points respectively, but it was De’ Shira Buley that did most of the damage with a game-high 16.

“We held Lane and Kessler to four points and five points [and] we were in it until the fourth quarter, and they started putting some pressure on us and we didn’t do a good job,” Driver said.

Allison Bosse led FHS with 10 points. Jennifer Rutherford had nine points, C.J. Dake and Hayley Newby each had four, and Kylann Scheidt, Stephanie Harris and Meredith Lindley each had two.

The Lady Admirals played without junior guard Stephanie Torrence, who is still feeling the lingering effects of a knee injury.

“She tried to come back and she was released to play, but she’s still got stiffness in her knee ligament so she is going to start physical therapy [Dec. 3],” Driver said. “Right now she knows she’s not 100 percent, so whenever she feels comfortable and able to come back and move the way she used to move, then we will get her back.”


The Lady Admirals lost 51-35 at Maryville Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Farragut trailed by only six points heading into halftime, but a second half scoring drought produced only 11 second half points.

“We just couldn’t make a shot in the second half,” Driver said. “We shot about 15 percent in the second half. We had to change up to a different defense ... go man[-to-man] and that’s where they really got ahead of us. ... making us uncomfortable when we shot, and we just couldn’t make any shots. ”


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