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Lady Ads see height in Florida, quickness in Oak Ridge, shooting revival versus CHS


The exceptionally tall, the exceptionally quick and the exceptionally beatible.

Mike Driver’s Farragut Lady Admirals basketball team got a big dose of all from opponents near and far during the holiday break.

Going 3-1 at the Sunshine Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. against large post players from three different states, the Lady Admirals (12-7 record entering the week) faced a huge supply of quickness in a 67-44 loss to perennial power and rival Oak Ridge Thursday, Jan. 3, at ORHS.


But the week ended on a high note thanks to a 64-54 victory against Clinton Friday in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Against Clinton, “We got off to a good start and then we slipped, we didn’t do a good job with our defense, let ’em score some easy baskets,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “In the first quarter we fouled way too many [times], they scored a lot of their points at the free throw line.”

Leading only 20-15 after one period, Farragut raced ahead 37-24 at the half then built as much as a 20-point second-half lead until Driver emptied his bench.

Individually, “I was glad to see [Stephanie] Torrence hit a few shots,” Driver said about his junior guard’s team-high 11 points to go with six rebounds. “Jennifer Rutherford made good threes for us. That’s what we needed. We hit six threes in the first period. We’re back home and that’s good because we just haven’t been hitting the outside shots. We’ve been playing in gyms we haven’t been used to playing in. That’s no excuse, but hopefully coming back [home] will help us out.”

Senior post Allison Bosse scored 10 while C.J. Dake added nine points and six rebounds. Stephanie Harris scored eight points while raking down seven rebounds. Hayley Newby, a freshman post, had six points and seven rebounds.

“Stephanie Harris is helping us out a lot coming off the bench, she’s very physical,” Driver added about his 5-foot-11 sophomore reserve post. “I think when she gets more and more confident with her shot she’s going to help us scoring, too.”

Other FHS scorers: Rutherford five, Katie Cafferky and Katie Cargo four each, Stephanie Amato three and Brittney Doss and Kylann Scheidt two each.

In Florida, Driver said size stood out.

“Each team we played except the first team had somebody six-foot-three or taller in the post,” he said. “That was good for us to see big post.”

However, “We just didn’t shoot the ball well down in Florida the whole week,” Driver added.

About the Florida trip, Amato said, “It was great. We played really well, the weather was nice. … We actually had shootarounds outside, so it was pretty nice.”

The Sunshine State experience “brought us closer together as a team,” Amato, a junior guard, added. “We were there for four days, and all we did was hang out with each other, so we bonded as a team. We played very well together down there.”

Meredith Lindley, senior wing, added about Florida, “It was a lot of fun. I think we played great.”

As for Oak Ridge (14-1 after the win), Driver labeled them “ultra-quick, the quickest I’ve seen since, eight, nine, 10 years ago.”

Having already beaten defending Division II state champ Webb School of Knoxville this season, Driver added that Oak Ridge is “the best team I’ve seen us play this year so far.”

In addition, “We had officials that were going to let ’em slap, and even if you got hand [contact] they weren’t going to call it,” Driver said. “That plays into Oak Ridge’s hands ’cause they really go after the ball, smacking at the ball. … We struggled with their pressure.

“I think our girls were trying to do the best they could, but Oak Ridge was really smacking quick and running in front of passes,” Driver added. “Oak Ridge is a very, very good team. … They’re a team that you’ve got to slow it down [against], but they’re not going to let you slow it down.”

The Lady Admirals stayed close early, as Scheidt’s 15-foot jumper tied the game 14-14 with 5:52 left in the first half.

But the mighty ORHS girls pulled away with a 19-2 run during the final five minutes of the half, leading 33-16 at halftime.

Farragut pulled to within 12, 34-22, on a Torrence fast-break lay-up with 6:30 left in the third quarter — her only points of the game — but got no closer thanks to a 16-4 Oak Ridge run.

Bosse led FHS with 10 points, while Rutherford and Harris scored six each. Scheidt and Dake had four apiece, while Cafferky and Abbie Cooper scored three each and Doss, Amanda Isbell and Hayley Newby adding two apiece.

Lady Wildcat Raegan Thompson went wild, scoring a game-high 30 points.

Individually against ORHS, “I think Allison [Bosse] played extremely hard … she was on the floor, but that’s not unusual for Allison, she’s always on the floor. She’s hustling,” Driver said about his 5-foot-9 senior post. “She probably spends more time on the floor than anybody on this team.

“C-J [Dake] didn’t score a lot of points, but she’s trying to get every rebound,” Driver added about his other senior post. “She’s a beast on the boards in there, and you have to be against Oak Ridge.”

 

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