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Make it three in a row as Lady Ads crush William Blount, SDHS


Coach Mike Driver called South-Doyle a “trap game” for his Farragut Lady Admirals, coming after a big win against archrival Bearden and a blowout victory on the road versus traditional District 4-AAA power William Blount. But the first-half scoring of Allison Bosse, the leadership and rebounding of C.J. Dake and the fourth-quarter finishing touch of Jennifer Rutherford paced a 71-52 victory Friday, Dec. 14, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

However, Farragut led just 45-38 after three quarters. “We just didn’t play really good half-court defense in the first three quarters,” Driver said. “They really took advantage of us, and had us on the ropes there until we changed up some of our press from a man[-to-man] press to a zone press.”

Rutherford, a junior wing, scored all 13 of her points in the fourth quarter, nine on three 3-point baskets during a 3:38 stretch, to ignite the eventual blowout.

With a three-game winning streak, Farragut improves to 6-5 overall, 3-2 in 4-AAA. “It’s good to be above .500,” Driver said.

About Rutherford, “She had a great fourth quarter, hitting some really big threes for us there,” the coach added.

Rutherford said, “I really couldn’t hit that much in the first half, but I just kept shooting — and once I hit one I felt the confidence to keep shooting.

“The coaches are always telling me to shoot, always giving me the green light,” she added. “That helps a lot, knowing that they believe in me to shoot.”

Dake, a senior post who is averaging double figures rebounding per game, had 11 Friday to go with nine points.

All nine points came on driving baskets where she drew a foul and completed a three-point play. “She’s just doing a great job being a leader on the court for us out there,” Driver said.

Bosse, also a senior post, scored a game-high 16 points — 14 in the first half as Farragut built a 31-23 lead at the break. “She was running the floor well … she did a good job for us,” Driver said.

Bosse said, “I just wanted to come out and score inside because I didn’t think I played very well the past few games scoring inside.”

Overall, “I thought it was a great team win,” Bosse added. “We all played together. We hit our shots inside, we had a bunch of offensive rebounds, steals.”

About the three-game winning streak, Bosse said, “We came [into the season] with kinda a rough start, but we’re really excited and we’re ready to take on the next game.”

Driver praised sophomore wing Kylann Scheidt, who scored seven. “I thought Kylann Scheidt came in and hit a couple of big shots for us, and gave us good minutes off the bench,” the FHS skipper said.

Stephanie Torrence scored 12, Brittney Doss five, Alex Newby, Meredith Lindley, Hayley Newby and Stephanie Harris two each and Stephanie Amato one point.

South-Doyle’s Rebekah Hill led her team with 13 points, while Emily Lowe added 11.

FARRAGUT 67 WBHS 37

Individually, freshman Hayley Newby’s 11 points paced a balance scoring attack in a 67-37 blowout at WBHS Dec. 11. “She’s got a lot of growing to do, and she’ll do well for us,” Driver said.

Overall, “I thought we played really good man defense, full-court and half-court — and great job on the boards,” Driver said. “It was just one of these games where we got ’em down and we just kept piling it on. … We forced a lot of turnovers.”

The lead grew to 35 before the new TSSAA rule took effect where the clock continuously runs until the lead falls under 35.

Harris, a sophomore post, scored nine points to go with nine rebounds. “I thought Stephanie Harris had a good game,” Driver said.

Torrence and Doss also scored nine apiece, while Dake had eight, Katie Cafferky six, Lindley and Bosse four each, Rutherford three, Amanda Isbell two and Abbie Cooper one point.

 

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