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Torrence off the bench sparks Lady Admiral rout

Stephanie Torrence got a new perspective on Farragut Lady Admirals basketball — not unlike the perspective many talented college quarterbacks have endured under coach Steve Spurrier.

A two-year starter, the junior shooting guard watched from the bench as Farragut’s game began at South-Doyle last Friday.

When first hearing of head coach Mike Driver’s decision one day before the game, “I was a little bit shocked … it was tough, I kinda didn’t like it at all — but I knew it would help me in the end,” said Torrence, who admitted her game needed fine-tuning.

But Torrence ended up winning Driver’s praise, which included sharing game-high scoring honors with 14 points in a 67-37 drubbing of SDHS Jan. 25.

“It was different, but it was a good thing, though,” Torrence added about not starting. “I needed to work on a couple of things, and coach got me to where I could watch when I’m not out there, you know. Like what to do on defense. It helped me a lot, ’cause I’d been struggling a bit.

“I did pretty good tonight,” she added.

Driver said he was trying “to change things up” by benching Torrence. “She had been struggling a little bit shooting the ball and defensively.

“I wanted a change of pace. Instead of starting the game, kinda come off the bench and go from there,” he added. “That doesn’t mean she’s not going to start the next game.”

Yet the FHS skipper praised his junior guard’s performance: “She went two-of-two from three-[point range], shot 50 percent from the field — I think that’ll give her a big boost.”

As for overall keys to victory, “Obviously our rebounding,” Driver said. “We didn’t shoot the ball great, but with 21 offensive rebounds, and out-rebounding them by 20 overall (39-19), that was the key to the game. We got second and third chances, and that’s why we won so big tonight.”

Senior post C.J. Dake led FHS with 10 rebounds while also scoring six points. Sophomore post Stephanie Harris yanked down seven rebounds to go with her four points. Allison Bosse, senior post who joined Torrence with a game-high 14 points, had six rebounds.

“Bosse did a good job in the second half scoring, and came back and kept her head up” after some shooting problems early in the game, Driver said.

Though Farragut shot only 40 percent from the field, they forced 22 Lady Cherokee turnovers and allowed just 34 percent shooting.

Jennifer Rutherford scored 10 for FHS, with Hayley Newby adding eight, Meredith Lindley five and Brittney Doss and Kylann Scheidt two each. Katie Cargo’s late-game jumper for her two points met with a loud roar from FHS partisans.

“Off the bench, I thought Meredith came in and did a good job defensively. … and that’s a big key, is to have a good defensive effort,” Driver said. “Brittney continues to run the team well. ... She did a good job of taking control of the team in the second quarter.”

Farragut, beginning the week 14-10 overall, 5-5 in District 4-AAA, won its first game in two weeks after back-to-back losses to Maryville and Bearden.

Bosse said the Lady Admirals were coming off a “really sloppy” effort against Bearden in a 67-47 loss Jan. 18. “We just didn’t have it when we played Bearden at all. Like, we weren’t together at all.”

Prior to the SDHS game, Driver recalled part of his pre-game address: “I told ’em, we’ve had to sit here with this loss for a week,” he said, adding, “To get the win tonight is a good feeling.”


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