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Late rally falls short, Lady Ads denied state bid
Torrence’s 26, solid bench play can’t overcome 25-point third-quarter deficit versus Greeneville


For the second time in three seasons, Greeneville spoils Farragut’s plans for a girls basketball state tournament trip. But not without a furious Lady Admiral comeback.

The Lady Greene Devils (31-5 record) build a 37-21 halftime lead to 50-25 with 3:31 left in the third quarter before Farragut’s “no quit” philosophy kicked in big-time.

A 17-2 FHS run quieted the green-clad fans at Greeneville Middle School and had Farragut within 10, 52-42, with 6:09 to play.

But the Lady Admirals scored just two points the next 4:53, as Greeneville advances to the Class AAA state tourney this week in Murfreesboro with a 62-54 sectional win Saturday, March 1.


“We got down sixteen at halftime and they came out strong in the third quarter,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “We needed about two more minutes, but there’s thirty-two minutes in a game and you can’t change that. I’d love to have seen two more minutes of basketball.

“They played their guts out ... I think this team is a family and they pull each other up,” Driver added. “They’ve never given up. We’ve been down to teams ten at halftime and come back and won. The Heritage game in the district [tournament], it looked like they were going to beat us and we pulled it together.”

Despite early foul problems that contributed to her slow start, junior guard Stephanie Torrence ended with a game-high 26 points.

“Stephanie Torrence had a great game,” Driver said. “At first she was trying to force it a little bit, but I think she got better rhythm later on. ... Shot the ball extremely well in the second half. Got some steals.”

Injuring her ankle against West in the Region 2-AAA Tournament semifinals, Torrence did not play in Farragut’s 58-44 loss to Oak Ridge in the region title game Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Bearden High School. (Scoring details later in this story).

With Torrence and starting senior posts Allison Bosse and C.J. Dake all saddled with two fouls in the first quarter, “We had to sit some key people down,” Driver said, as FHS trailed 17-9 after one. “But some other people came in and stepped up for us and did a good job.”

Among those were freshman post Hayley Newby, who ended with 13 points, and sophomore post Stephanie Harris, who scored two.

“They were both very physical, and that’s what we needed against [Rachel] Collins and [Nicole] Dickson,” Driver said of GHS’s top posts. “Hayley did a good job going inside playing defense on Collins inside, a big girl, and also getting to the free throw line or scoring underneath.”

Dickson, a junior star post, scored 21 points while Collins added nine.

“We had a hard time controlling Dickson, she’s a fabulous player,” Driver said. “She did a good job leading her team in that first half.”

Greeneville, which out-shot Farragut 55 percent versus 40, had success during the middle portion of the game breaking Farragut’s full-court pressure.

“We went to a zone press and we didn’t do a good job stopping the middle,” Driver said.

Admitting his team had trouble on the offensive boards in the second and third quarters when GHS pulled away, Driver said, “They usually limit teams to 32, 33 points a game. One reason they do that is because they give you one shot. ... They do a good job keeping you off the offensive boards.”

The Lady Greene Devils out-rebounded FHS 26-18. At the foul line, Greeneville was 22-of-31 while Farragut went 10-of-14.

Kylann Scheidt scored nine for FHS. Allison Bosse and Jennifer Rutherford each added two.

LOOKING BACK

Farragut, District 4-AAA tourney champ and region runner-up, finishes with a 23-13 record.

“To come out of fifth-seed and win the district championship and beat Maryville and Heritage and Bearden on the road, that was phenomenal,” Driver said. “It’s something I’ll always remember.

“And going all the way to the region championship and losing to the number one team in the state.”

Though pointing out “a good nucleus” returning next season, Driver said the senior leadership of Bosse and Dake will not be easy to replace.

Speaking about his seniors, “I’m sure it’s not the ending they wanted, but they’ve had a great season,” Driver said.

Though neither Bosse nor Dake shined in the sectional game, “C-J and Allison both had great seasons,” Driver said. “Those two kids work extremely hard. They play their butts off every game.

“Allison’s always on the floor for us, C-J handles the ball like a guard, and that’s been important for us,” Driver added. “They’re both really good friends and I know they’re going to miss playing basketball with each other.”

An emotional Bosse reflected on what she said was “a great” season: “We all came together and worked hard and just played like a team should play. And I thought we pulled it together really well there at the end. I’m really proud of everybody, and I know coach Driver’s really proud of us.”

Guards Meredith Lindley and Katie Cafferky and post Amanda Isbell round out the five FHS seniors who dressed for the final time in Lady Admiral Navy blue.

“Meredith came in and did a good job defensively,” Driver said. “She’s an all-around athlete. ... She’s had a good career for us.”

Cafferky has provided depth at the guard position the past two seasons. Pointing to her versatility in being able to play three positions, Driver added, “she’s had a good career. ... She’s always an uplifting kid we’ve had for four years.”

Though Isbell never saw crunch time minutes, Driver praised the senior’s enthusiasm. “She’s a great cheerleader from the bench ... she was always positive, always uplifting for the other girls,” the coach said. “I think she wants to go into coaching one day.”

OAK RIDGE 58 FHS 44

Scheidt led the Lady Ads with 13 points, followed by Bosse with nine and Rutherford scoring six. Among the other FHS scorers was Stephanie Amato’s one point.

 

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