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Guard play must make up for Lady Ads’ lack of size, post depth

Short, with experienced, talented guards who play defense.

Those descriptions are shorthand on what to expect from Farragut High School varsity girls basketball in 2008-09, so said new FHS head coach Wes Edmonds.

“People sometimes ask me how the team looks, and I say, ‘short,’” said Edmonds, elevated from FHS assistant, whose biggest girl is six feet. “We have two posts on the entire team, a freshman and a sophomore. … We’re going four guards [as starters].

“We’re small, but we’re quick. Our girls are aggressive and they play hard. We have to use all that to our advantage. … We’re going to press and we’re going to run.”

Senior “two” guard Stephanie Torrence, a third-year starter, is the team’s top all-around scoring threat and team leader.

“She finished the year really strong last year, averaged right around 18 points in the tournament,” Edmonds said. “We really feed off of her and her energy. … She’s the most dynamic scorer, penatrator that we have.”

Senior point guard Brittany Doss also is a third-year starter. “I have a lot of faith in Brittany Doss,” Edmonds said. “She’s rock-solid, makes great decisions … I think we’re going to see her pick up her scoring a little bit.”

Experienced senior wing Jennifer Rutherford, a returning starter, may be the team’s best outside shooter. “She’s worked really, really hard the past couple of years to become a penatrator,” Edmonds said. “ … And she’s a great on-the-ball defender.”

Kylann Scheidt, 6-foot junior guard, will be asked to rebound because “she can jump out of the gym” with “an amazing jump shot, and can really attack the basket.”

Senior Stephanie Amato, a key reserve guard last season, “is a good three-point shooter, great defender, really, really quick.”

Others wings in the mix include junior Abbie Cooper, “a great ballhandler, great slasher,” and sophomore Katie Cargo, who “has the potential to be a dynamic player.” Junior Alex Newby, back-up point guard, “never gets tired, plays great defense.”

Starting post is 5-foot-11 sophomore Haley Newby, who saw significant crunch time minutes as a freshman. “When she gets going she’s hard to stop and hard to contain.” Sophomore wing Jessica Griswold, 5-foot-10, “is a pure three-point shooter.” The other post is 5-foot-10 freshman Anna Brinson. Kirsten Chapman is a 5-foot-8 sophomore wing.


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