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Strong FHS hoops starts lead to Bearden
Lady Ads dominate MHS, HVA; perfect entering ‘BHS’ week

At two stages during its game versus Maryville, the Farragut Lady Admirals blew double-digit leads.

The last one saw Maryville rally from a 44-33 deficit with two minutes left in the third quarter to grab a 48-47 lead with 4:38 remaining in the game.

But Farragut responded as good teams do and won 59-52 Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Farragut’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium against a perennial District 4-AAA power. While the Lady Admirals entered the week perfect at 7-0, 1-0 in 4-AAA, the Lady Rebels dropped to 3-3, 0-1, after the loss.

Farragut went on to beat new rival Hardin Valley 58-35 Thursday, Dec. 4, at FHS (more HVA details later in this story).

About the Maryville win and the ebb and flow of momentum, FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said, “I tell our girls, ‘don’t worry about swings, we’re going to play our game, always attacking.’ It was no time to hesitate.”

Senior point Brittany Doss said sophomore wing Katie Cargo hit a big fourth-quarter three point basket “that really helped build momentum, a big three,” she said. “I think they got tired. We had good help-side defense.”

Farragut had a 34-14 rebound edge, according to FHS statistics. “The way the girls rebounded, we stepped up. Maryville’s great on the boards,” Edmonds said. “It was a physical game, our girls didn’t back down from that.”

Hayley Newby, Farragut sophomore post, led all scorers with 19 points. Stephanie Torrence, senior wing, and Cargo, sophomore wing, each ended with 15 points.

Jessica Griswold had six points for FHS, followed by Abbie Cooper and Doss with two points each.

Farragut’s most recent win versus Hardin Valley proved more of a challenge than the Lady Ads’ 69-30 victory at HVA Nov. 17.

“Anna Brinson played really, really well,” Edmonds said about his freshman post who scored five.

Torrence led with 27 points. Other scorers were Newby with 10, Cooper nine, Cargo four, Griswold two and Doss one.

Griswold, a sophomore starting wing, said her new role was “kind of a shock, playing for varsity, like for the first time. But, as I’m getting used to it, I’m performing better. ...”

Eight of Lady Hawk sophomore post Jennifer Schilling’s 10 points came within the first five minutes of the game to give Hardin Valley an 8-4 lead in the opening quarter.

Tiffany Cantrell led HVA in points with 13, eight in the second quarter. Haley Keith scored all seven of her points in the third quarter for Hardin Valley, while Whitney Hawk scored three and Laura Hensley two points.

Schilling said her Lady Hawks “are just working a lot better with each other, and getting along with each other as a team. ....”

The Lady Ads travel to rival Bearden Friday, Dec. 11, with opening tip-off at 6:30 pm.


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