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Third quarter surges for FHS hoop teams
Admirals victorious at winless Cherokees despite ‘awful’ play

A little healthier and a lot more dominant than in recent games, Farragut’s Lady Admirals exploded in the third quarter against South-Doyle and kept pouring on the heat.

Leading only 29-22 at halftime at SDHS, Farragut’s 24-7 run during the first 6:05 of the third quarter — ending on a Katie Cargo three-point basket — put FHS ahead 53-29.

The lead continued to grow, reaching its biggest mark at the end, a Kirsten Chapman basket, for a 71-40 District 4-AAA blowout Friday, Dec. 19.

“I really got on the girls at halftime, I felt like we weren’t playing with any intensity,” said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, whose Lady Admirals improved to 10-1 overall, 4-1 in District 4-AAA. “They turned us over more than we turned them over in the first half.”

The Lady Cherokees fell to 3-7, 1-4.

“I really tried to light a fire under them for the third quarter, really come out and just push, press, push, push, turnovers, be aggressive, get some transition scores and really put it away,” Edmonds added.

“And they responded.”

Along with the return of senior point guard Brittany Doss following a slight concussion that kept her out one game, Farragut saw another key player return to the line-up for the first time this season.

To loud applause from the FHS cheering section, senior wing Jennifer Rutherford — a projected starter who tore her ACL in October — entered the game in the second quarter.

With her left knee braced, Rutherford managed six points, going 2-of-3 on three-point baskets.

“It’s feels great, I’ve been ready for a long time,” Rutherford said. “It was really frustrating. I’ve had to work a lot harder, do a lot of therapy to strengthen my leg. I’m just really fortunate to have the chance to come back.”

Though playing with a torn ACL, “It’s not too bad,” Rutherford said. “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I can feel it a little bit.”

Edmonds said, “It’s great having Jennifer back … she’s looked good in practice. … Gives us one extra level of depth off the bench, someone who can hit an open shot, plays good defense.”

Senior standout guard Stephanie Torrence, who scored 12 points, said she was “so glad” Rutherford is back. “Her three-point threat is great. … She’s been a great addition.”

Eight of sophomore post Hayley Newby’s game-high 24 points came in the pivotal third quarter. Cargo, sophomore wing, added 10 points.

While calling Torrence and Newby “amazing competitors” who “have that fire in them,” Edmonds added that Cargo “has been playing well. … She’s found her [shooting] rhythm again. She plays great defense, really sparks us. … Very multi-faceted, can play a lot of positions.”

Doss had five, while Abbie Cooper, Jessica Grizwold and Anna Brinson each scored four.

Lady Cherokee post Rebekah Hill scored a team-leading 22, followed by Bria Woodfin with eight and Jordan Ketner six for South-Doyle.


Bouncing back from its first loss of the season against Bearden (Dec. 12), the Lady Admirals rolled past 4-AAA rival William Blount 59-40 Monday, Dec. 15, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Newby and Torrence again led the way offensively, with Newby pumping in 21 followed by Torrence’s 20.

Cargo, Cooper, Grizwold and Brinson each added four, while Chapman scored two points.

The Lady Govs (5-5, 0-4 after the game) were led by Tatum Burstrom’s 12 points.


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