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FHS hoop girls win 4-AAA crown, earn sectional try


Farragut’s Lady Admirals were understandably giddy after edging Maryville 63-59 for the District 4-AAA Tournament title Feb. 19 at South-Doyle High School.

Now they’re on the verge of mega-giddiness — one win from a Class AAA state tournament berth. Withstanding an especially physical game against a lightning quick West team to beat the Lady Rebs 67-57 in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Monday, Feb. 25, at Bearden High School, FHS (23-11) earns a sectional game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, against Greeneville or Morristown West.


Location and opponent was determined in the Region 2-AAA championship game (played Wednesday, Feb. 27 after press deadline) versus mighty Oak Ridge (31-1), top-ranked in the state and No. 12 in the nation.

“We’re all banged up and we’re all tired, but we have a lot of heart on this team,” said senior post C.J. Dake, one of four FHS District 4-AAA All-tournament selections, who scored nine points with a team-high nine rebounds against West. “[Post season play] has been a great accomplishment. We’ve worked so hard. ... We’ve earned this.”

About the West game, “Oh man, the whole game was physical,” Dake said. “Of course, at this point you’re not going to find a team that’s not physical. Towards the end we were just getting beat up. After that charge that I took [late in the game], I mean, I was feeling it.”

Allison Bosse, FHS senior post who earned 4-AAA tourney MVP honors, led her team with 17 points plus eight rebounds, as the Lady Admirals outrebounded West 36-35.

Stephanie Torrence, FHS junior guard and yet another 4-AAA All-tourney selection, added 16. Jennifer Rutherford scored seven.

“Knowing we’re going to substate is a really big honor,” said Rutherford, a junior wing. “We’ve come a long was since district — since district we’re a totally different team. We’re working together really well. We’ve really turned it around.”

Kylann Scheidt, another 4-AAA All-tourney honoree who had a huge rebound basket late in the district title game, scored six against West.

Brittney Doss, Stephanie Harris and Hayley Newby each scored four for Farragut.

Mike Driver, FHS head coach, labeled it “a rough, physical game — I’ve got a lot of girls who are tired and sore. ... We’re beat up.”

As for helping make Farragut’s post-season run a success, Driver points to the senior leadership of Bosse and Dake. “It’s their team, and they’re working hard — they’ve always worked hard.”

“I thought Brittney did a tremendous job handling the basketball,” Driver added.

Despite 17 points from West standout Crystal Kesler, the Lady Admirals held WHS to 32 percent field goal shooting.

Though Farragut committed 19 turnovers versus West’s 15, the Lady Ads shot 48 percent from the field.

The Lady Rebels, No. 2 seed in District 3-AAA, has its season end with a 21-8 record.

FARRAGUT 63 MARYVILLE 59

Despite blowing a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter, No. 5 seed Farragut rallied in the final three minutes to claim the 4-AAA crown.

A Doss three-point basket tied it with under three minutes remaining, then Scheidt’s offensive rebound basket after a missed FHS free throw with 30 seconds to play put the Lady Ads up three. “I was thinking, ‘just get it in the hoop,’” Scheidt said.

Nine of Scheidt’s 11 came in the fourth quarter, while the sophomore also had eight rebounds.

Bosse led the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, eight of those points coming in the third quarter as Farragut led 42-41 after three. Bosse hit all six of her free throws in the second half.

“This is incredible, I’ve waited four years for this,” the tourney MVP said about the championship. “It’s just so exciting that we can come out here and play as well as we did.

“We’ve worked hard all year, and it’s finally paid off.”

Torrence, who scored 15 points — 14 of those in the first half — said the win ranks “in the very, very top” of biggest wins in her athletic career.

Senior wing Meredith Lindley said, “It’s a great feeling, it’s awesome to win, especially senior year.”

Six of Dake’s 11 points came in the first quarter, as the Lady Admirals jumped ahead 18-12 after one period, then held a 30-29 lead at halftime.

Doss ended with five points while Hayley Newby scored four.

Maryville’s inside combo of Bailie Roberts and Meredith Neithammer combined for 32 points, with Roberts leading the way by scoring 18. But Roberts, who dealt with foul problems in the second half, did not score in the final 16 minutes.

One key statistic Driver pointed to was Farragut’s 40-28 edge in rebounding, helping negate Maryville’s strong post play that helped the No. 2 district seed beat the Lady Admirals twice during the regular season.

“It says that we knew we had to do that ... that was a big factor,” Driver said about the rebounding edge. “Maryville rebounds extremely well. ... There was none bigger than Kylann’s rebound and put-back off that missed free throw. We limited second-chance points.”

FARRAGUT 75 KARNS 54

Leading 20-15 after one quarter and 36-26 at halftime, Farragut pulled away from Karns in its region quarterfinal game to win 75-54 Friday, Feb. 22, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Dake and Torrence led the winners with 14 points each, while Bosse, Rutherford and Scheidt each scored eight.

Harris, Hayley Newby and Alex Newby added six points apiece, while Doss had four and Lindley a free throw.

Brittany Blank scored a game-high 19 points for Karns, the No. 4 seed from 3-AAA whose season ends with a 15-13 record. Megan Randall added 16 for KHS.

 

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