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FHS girls rally, then hang on for one-point victory


A furious Farragut first-half rally to erase a 17-point deficit at Lenoir City was followed by a mid-fourth-quarter LCHS rally to almost erase a six-point Lady Admiral edge.

Almost. But then ice seemed to glaze the fingertips of both teams, as Farragut’s 57-56 lead with 3:19 to play held up as the final score Friday, Jan. 11.

It came down to Lenoir City’s final possession, which came down to a pair of LCHS free throws missed with only two-tenths of a second to play.

The Lady Admirals, improving to 13-8 overall, 4-3 in District 4-AAA entering the week, were coming off a disappointing 64-62 overtime loss to perennial power Heritage at FHS three days before.

C.J. Dake, FHS senior staring post, agreed with head coach Mike Driver that Farragut’s second-string helped turn the tide in the second quarter, overcoming a 23-6 deficit with 2:46 left in the first quarter to tie the game 33-33 at half.

“They just brought a lot of energy,” said Dake, who had six points.

Brittney Doss, senior starting point guard, added, “we had some players come off the bench that stepped up.”

Off the bench was Kylann Scheidt, a sophomore wing who scored six of her 10 points in the second quarter. Stephanie Harris, sophomore reserve post, scored six of her eight points in the second period.

While changing to a 1-3-1 press and 2-3 half-court zone defense in the second quarter was key, Driver singled out various bench performances. “Meredith Lindley came in and did a great job, Kylann Scheidt came in a did a great job, and Hayley [Newby] and Harris did a great job, too,” he said. “And [Stephanie] Amato came in, and she was aggressive.”

Allison Bosse, senior starting post, added six of her game-high 16 points in the second. “Allison had a great game tonight,” Driver said. “Brittney did a great job tonight handling a lot of their pressure.” Other FHS scorers: Stephanie Torrence six, Jennifer Rutherford five, Doss three, Alex Newby two and Lindley one.

Brooke LeGate and twin sister, Erin, former FHS post players who transferred to Lenoir City this season, each scored 10 points.

HERITAGE 64 FHS 62 OT

Dake’s game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, including all six of Farragut’s overtime points, wasn’t quite enough against district-leading Heritage (15-3, 5-0).

“I think C-J had a phenomenal game,” Driver said. Bosse added 15 points, Torrence 10.

Katie Brooks last-second jumper lifted HHS, as Brooks ended with 20. Karly Stache led Heritage with 23.

 

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