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From stellar play to sorrow
Lady Admirals clobber William Blount, then learn of teammate’s family crisis

The game was a joke — a 74-13 Farragut Lady Admiral beat-down of William Blount at FHS Friday, Feb. 1.

But the Lady Admiral post-game locker room quickly turned somber. Players discovered one of their teammates was grieving.

“One of our players’ parents got some bad news about some cancer,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “We’re pulling together as a family for her family and for her.

“I think that through prayer, hopefully, will uplift that family and that player.”

The off-the-court news overshadows both the WBHS win and Farragut’s 59-44 victory against Powell Monday on the road where the Lady Admirals overcame an 11-point deficit after one quarter.

Outscoring the Lady Panthers 36-14 in the second half, FHS ended with a 19-5 fourth quarter edge.

“That was a strange game,” Driver said. “We came out, and I thought our defensive intensity was not where it needed to be. … I thought the defensive intensity picked up dramatically starting in the second quarter, where we made a run there. But especially in the second half. … Our pressing was really turned up a notch.

“In that second half, when I brought people in off the bench, they did a good job either rebounding or being aggressive defensively, and that’s what we needed.”

Farragut entered the week with a three-game winning streak and a 16-10 overall record, 6-5 in District 4-AAA.

Three Lady Admirals reached double figures in scoring against Powell, led by junior guard Stephanie Torrence with 13, eight in the second quarter.

Senior post Allison Bosse added 12 points, 10 in the third quarter as FHS seized control with a 17-9 edge. Kylann Scheidt, sophomore wing, had 11.

Senior post C.J. Dake scored 10, six in the fourth quarter. Jennifer Rutherford added eight and Stephanie Harris five.

Individually for the week, “I think Stephanie Harris had a great week, had a great game tonight … great job rebounding for us,” Driver said about his 5-foot-11 sophomore post. Harris scored a game-high 17 points against the Lady Governors with four rebounds.

“I thought C-J had a good week, she had double-digit rebounds in both games,” Driver added. “Kylann did a great job for us in the first half [versus WBHS].”

Other scorers against William Blount were Dake with nine, Scheidt and Rutherford eight each, Torrence seven, Hayley Newby six, Bosse five, Alex Newby four, Meredith Lindley three and two each for Brittney Doss, Stephanie Amato and Abbie Cooper. Katie Cafferky added a free throw.

Farragut Senior Night, the final regular season home game, is Friday, Feb. 8, as Lenoir City comes to Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.


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