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Emotional Lady Ad Senior Night sets stage for elimination game at BHS

It’s region or bust tonight at Bearden High School for the girls, as No. 5 District 4-AAA seed Farragut and No. 4 BHS play to keep their seasons alive. The 7 p.m. tip-off on Valentine’s Day in first round action of the district tourney features archrivals that split their two regular season meetings.

“It’ll be a tall order,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “I know the last time we went over there we didn’t play Farragut basketball [a 67-47 loss Jan. 18]. We’ve got to rebound better and we’ve got to take care of the ball better..”

Farragut enters post-season play 18-11 overall, 8-6 in 4-AAA following a 67-35 home victory against Lenoir City during an emotional Senior Night Friday, Feb. 8. They began last week with a 63-43 drubbing of Sevier County at SCHS Feb. 4 in what Driver said was “probably one of our best games all year.”

A 61-50 loss at Heritage Feb. 5 was a tie game midway through the fourth quarter before the top-seeded HHS girls pulled away behind Katie Brooks’ 25 points.

Bearden, meanwhile, ended 4-AAA regular season play 9-5 and was 15-9 overall entering the week, having won eight of its last 10 games. See related story, page 13.

Farragut, having beaten Bearden 63-47 Dec. 7 at FHS, has won five of its last six games.

Thursday’s winner, assured of a Region 2-AAA berth, will probably play No. 1 Heritage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in second-round action at South-Doyle High. Finals are Tuesday, Feb. 19, at SDHS.

Against Lenoir City, Farragut broke the game open with a 23-6 third quarter run that fell into the middle of a 16-minute stretch where the FHS defense limited LCHS to only a pair of field goals.

In addition to out-rebounding Lenoir City 30-24 — despite being out-rebounded 17-12 in the first half — Farragut forced 24 turnovers, 18 of those steals.

Five seniors played what might have been their final home game at FHS: starting posts C.J. Dake and Allison Bosse, reserve guards Meredith Lindley and Katie Cafferky and reserve post Amanda Isbell. All five started against Lenoir City.

Dake said all five seniors starting “was a great experience.”

She then spoke of her father, David Dake, who saw his daughter play her final home game despite battling a serious illness. “After the game, to see my dad walk in — personally that was the best part of the whole night. It was a really nice ceremony in between the games [families and players].”

Isbell said her role on the team “wasn’t to be a starter. My role was to keep everybody enthused and in good spirits. And I think I did a good job of that. Starting tonight was fun, a good experience.”

Cafferky, who helped open up the lead with a pair of third quarter three-point baskets, labeled Senior Night “amazing ... with all of us together, we’re all great friends. Four years together, seeing everybody’s families and seeing C-J’s dad come out, it was awesome.”

Lindley said her team came out after halftime “and started rebounding more. A lot of hustle and aggressiveness. We had a lot of steals, scored off of those, which helped get us ahead.”

As for Senior Night emotions, Bosse said, “It still hasn’t really hit me yet. It’s weird going from your freshmen to your senior year. It seems to go by so fast. It’s been a great experience.”

Stephanie Torrence led FHS with 15 points against Lenoir City. Bosse had 12, Kylann Scheidt 10, Cafferky eight, Dake seven, Stephanie Harris six and Hayley Newby four. Jennifer Rutherford scored three and Lindley two. Dake led in rebounds with six.

A blazing start laid the groundwork for a rout of Sevier, as FHS zoomed ahead 20-4 after one period. ‘We got off to a great start, pressed ’em baseline to baseline, got a lot of steals,” Driver said.

Scheidt led in points with 13, while Torrence, a junior guard, added 12, Dake nine and Brittney Doss eight. Other scorers included Alex Newby’s three points.

“Brittney had a really, really good game at Sevier County,” Driver said. “She had a good scoring night, she had a lot of assists.

Fifteen of Torrence’s team-high 21 points versus HHS came in the second half. “Stephanie Torrence had a great game, shot the ball extremely well,” Driver said.

Bosse had 10, Lindley six points.

Overall, “I thought Allison had a good week,” Driver said. “Kylann Scheidt had a good week for us.”


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