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Last-second Bosse basket upsets Heritage, sent Farragut into 4-AAA title showdown

One teammate summed up Farragut’s game-winning field goal to upset Heritage in the District 4-AAA Tournament semifinals: “C-J and Bosse just click.”

That “click,” a C.J. Dake high post pass to fellow senior post Allison Bosse near the baseline for a five-foot jumper in traffic came with 5.5 seconds to play and lifted No. 5-seed FHS past the No. 1-seeded Lady Mountaineers 54-53.

“Me and Bosse have been working the high-low since our freshmen year, and we just have a connection that a lot of people don’t ’cause we’re such good friends and stuff,” Dake said moments after the huge win at South-Doyle High School Saturday, Feb. 16.

“I knew she was flashing, I knew she’d be open and knew she could finish inside. I have all the faith in her in the world.

“We were just kind of free-lancing by that point,” she added. “The play had broken down.”

FHS head coach Mike Driver said, “We talked about making an extra pass, and boy did they make an extra pass. They went through two or three people before they got Allison open.”

Overall, “I think they were confident they could play with that team,” Driver added.

Bosse’s game-high 21 points included nine in the fourth period — 5-of-5 at the free throw line.

“I love this more than the Bearden game,” Bosse said, referring to the Lady Ads’ 75-53 rout at BHS in the first round (see related story on this page). “It’s just awesome to get to play in the district championship game and then get to host our first-round region game.”

The Lady Admirals, improving to 20-11 after the win, advanced to the 4-AAA title game versus No. 2-seed Maryville Tuesday, Feb. 19 (after press deadline). Heritage lost only its second game of the season to a 4-AAA team (13-2) and fell to 26-5 overall.

Farragut, as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed from 4-AAA, will host either Karns or Campbell County in the opening round of Region 2-AAA play beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at FHS. Region semifinals are tenatively set for 6 and 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at Bearden High School. Title game is Wednesday, Feb. 27, at BHS.

The Lady Admirals, who had twice lost close games to HHS in the regular season, looked to be in trouble late despite a nip-and-tuck first half and a 24-22 FHS halftime lead.

Though Heritage standout Katie Brooks, 4-AAA Player of the Year, was held to 11 points, it was her lay-up to beat full-court pressure with 2:45 remaining that gave HHS a 49-45 lead.

A Farragut turnover followed, and Brooks was at the line to make it a six-point game at the 2:15 mark — but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

“I think we did a great job of keeping our heads in the game,” Bosse said.

A Stephanie Torrence drive and pass to Bosse for a basket also drew a foul, and the senior post complete a three-point play to make it 49-48 with 1:58 left.

The team’s exchanged jump-ball possessions before one Morgan Thomas free throw put HHS up 50-48 at the 1:22 mark.

Torrence’s five-foot jumper tied it 50-50 with 1:04 to play, then Brooks did the unthinkable — missed another front end of a one-and-one free throw chance.

Kylann Scheidt rebounded and Bosse converted two free throws to put Farragut up 52-50 with 55 seconds remaining.

The Lady Mountaineers missed one three-point field goal but hit the boards, and Karly Stache nailed a three from the corner to give Heritage the lead, 53-52, with 35.5 seconds to go. “This team is so resilient,” Driver said. “They did a good job of lifting their heads back up and going back out there ready to play.”

Farragut outshot Heritage 48 percent to 38, and outrebounded HHS 31-24 led by Bosse and Torrence with seven each.

Torrence ended with 14 points, Scheidt and Dake six each, Jennifer Rutherford five and Meredith Lindley two points. Thomas scored 10 for Heritage, who hit nine 3-point field goals.

Brittney Doss, FHS point guard, said about the finish, “Control, that was important. We were looking for a good shot and not panicking. I think we just really wanted it more.”

Dake added, “We’ve known we could play with ’em and beat ’em, we just weren’t going to let it slip away again. … We played our hearts out.”

Driver added, “These ladies, they believe in each other and they’re a true team. I think they want to go all the way to the state tournament.

“We kept our intensity throughout ... that was the key for us.”


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