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Torrence wakes up, West falls in 2OT thriller to Lady Ads

Mike Driver probably didn’t realize how far a few words of encouragement could go.

With Stephanie Torrence, his standout Farragut Lady Admiral guard, held to one first-half point while the West Lady Rebels led 37-27 at half, coach Driver singled out the sharpshooting junior.

“At halftime coach Driver said my shots will fall, and that helped me a lot,” said Torrence, who promptly came out and by herself led FHS on a 10-0 run to tie the game. “I just drove and penetrated and tried to create things for the team.”

Torrence’s game-high 25 points led the way as Farragut won a wild 77-74 double-overtime thriller Friday, Dec. 21, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Driver said, “Stephanie feeds off her offense a lot, and I think that was real positive in the second half, to go out and score a lot. I think it gave her a lot of confidence to go out and play good, strong defense.”

With its fifth-straight win, the Lady Admirals (8-5 overall entering the week) avenged a 47-37 loss at West Nov. 30.

In the rematch, West overcame a four-point deficit with 1:30 left in regulation but missed a game-winning shot attempt in the final seconds. In the first overtime, Lady Rebel standout Crystal Kesler nailed a fade-away three-point jumper with five seconds to play forcing a second OT.

In the second OT, Kesler’s three-point try to tie at the buzzer bounced out.

“It was a great basketball game to be at as a fan, not as a coach, because it was very exciting,” Driver said. “We did a great job stopping their transition game in the second half, or at least containing it. We did a great job on the boards.”

Stephanie Harris, FHS sophomore post, nailed a 10-footer with 3:20 left in regulation to put Farragut up 51-49. Torrence then fed senior post Allison Bosse for a fast-break lay-up and a 53-49 lead with 2:41 remaining. Torrence’s two free throws — ending with 10 of 13 made — put FHS ahead 55-51 with 1:42 left.

But after a three-point field goal by West post Alexus Patterson, Torrence missed two free throws and the Lady Rebels tied the game with a free toss with 53 seconds to play. The visitors then rebounded the missed second free throw and stalled for the final shot.

But Kesler missed a 12-foot jumper and, following a scramble, West missed a desperation three-pointer just before the buzzer.

“We made a great stop at the end of regulation, that was very important,” Driver said.

Kylann Scheidt, Lady Ad sophomore wing, nailed a three-pointer with 47 seconds left in the first OT to give FHS a 64-63 lead.

“I don’t really get nervous very much,” Scheidt said.

Following a Lady Reb turnover, Torrence got an offensive rebound and converted both free throws with 17.1 seconds left for a 66-63 FHS edge.

Then came Kesler’s heroics.

“Crystal Kesler’s a great player, she made a great shot — Stephanie was right on her,” Driver said, as Kesler ended with 16 points. “She played good defense on Kesler all night long.”

In the second OT, baskets by Bosse and freshman post Hayley Newby put FHS up 71-68 with 2:06 left. After West tied it, Torrence converted a fast-break lay-up.

Farragut junior point guard Brittney Doss sank two free throws with 14.6 seconds left to make it 75-71. After Kesler hit yet another three, Torrence added a pair of free throws that made it 77-74 with 6.9 seconds left.

“I like those type situations because you have to keep your poise,” Torrence said.

Driver said, “We could have folded in that second overtime, but we hung in there. There were girls out there running just on … determination, and that’s what pulled us through at the end.”

About overcoming late-game adversity, Doss said, “You’ve got to take leadership and work as a team. You get frustrated, but you’re still up.”

With Bosse fouling out in the second overtime, “I thought C-J [Dake] played a long time, she was really, really tired,” Driver said about his other senior post. “But she gutted it out.”

Dake ended with a game-high 17 rebounds and 18 points.

Other FHS scorers were Bosse with 12, Scheidt and junior wing Jennifer Rutherford with six each, Newby and Doss scoring four apiece and Harris two points. Lady Reb guard Shira Buley led West with 24 points.

With five straight wins, “It’s a good feeling going to Florida,” Driver said about this week’s trip to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the Sunshine Classic, which began Thursday morning, Dec. 27.


A 19-9 edge after one period proved to be the difference as Farragut whipped Karns 56-46 Thursday, Dec. 20, at FHS.

Torrence led the Lady Ads with 15 points while Rutherford scored nine. Bosse and Scheidt added eight each, with Harris and Doss scoring six apiece. Dake had two.


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