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Eight is enough for Lady Admirals
MVP Torrence, FHS girls whip Gibbs, win tourney

Eight was enough to win a tournament championship for the Farragut Lady Admirals varsity basketball team.

Having three players out with injuries and one quitting the team last week, Farragut was left with only eight players heading into its Korger Thanksgiving Tournament title game Saturday night, Nov. 29, versus host Gibbs at GHS.

But Stephanie Torrence’s game-high 30 points led the way as Farragut overcame a 7-0 early deficit with a 18-0 run and never looked back, winning 78-65 to capture the eight-team tourney.

“The shots went our way,” said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, whose Lady Ads improve to 5-0. “Gibbs is a really good team.”

Torrence, senior guard who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, was joined by FHS sophomore post Hayley Newby and sophomore wing Katie Cargo as All-Tournament selections. Newby and Cargo scored nine points apiece, while Newby and back-up post Anna Brinson, a freshman, each had five rebounds.

About Torrence, “She’s been playing really, really well this year,” Edmonds said. “When we’ve needed her, she’s shown up.

“Hayley gave me a lot of confidence going four guards. ... She’s a force in there. … never quits.”

About Cargo, “She plays amazing defense … really athletic, aggressive player,” Edmonds said.

Cargo said it was “a really big moment” in her FHS career to earn All-tourney while helping Farragut win, adding that playing defense “is my favorite by far. … I can always count on my defense to contribute to the team.”

Meanwhile, Torrence reached the 1,000-point career milestone and needed all 26 of her game-high points against Loudon to do so in a 71-55 semifinal win Friday, Nov. 28.

“It’s a great milestone, I’m proud of my teammates for helping me get to that,” Torrence said. “I wouldn’t have had it without my teammates, especially my point guard Brittany [Doss]. I’ve played with her since I was in middle school and she just knows me so well. I really appreciate her.”

Though Gibbs out-rebounded the Lady Ads 31-28, Farragut committed just four turnovers according to FHS team statistics. “That goes to Brittany Doss,” Edmonds said about the senior point guard. “It can’t be understated what she does for us handling pressure. ...”

Griswold ended with 11 points, while Cargo and Doss each scored nine, Cooper eight, Brinson two.

With Farragut senior wing Jennifer Rutherford out since the beginning of the season with a torn MCL knee ligament — she will attempt a comeback later this season, Edmonds said — and junior point guard Alex Newby out indefinitely with a stress fracture in her hip, one other Lady Ad was injured earlier in the tournament.

Junior wing Kylann Scheidt suffered a knee injury against Loudon. But Edmonds said the injury is not serious and Scheidt is expected back this week.

Against Loudon, Newby scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Farragut opened tournament play Tuesday, Nov. 25, with an easy 70-48 win versus Cumberland Gap. Cargo led FHS with 17 points, followed by Torrence’s 16 and Brinson’s 12 points and team-high eight rebounds.


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