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Wake-up calls work for FHS hoopsters
Lady Ads aggressive late versus Powell in win after tourney split; lose at Clinton

Wes Edmonds’ halftime wake-up call for more aggressive play from his Farragut Lady Admirals took about three minutes to manifest results in the third quarter.

But when the juices kicked it, the Lady Admirals turned a 29-19 deficit against Powell into a 45-34 lead — 26-5 run — then fought off a late Lady Panthers rally to win 55-52 Friday, Jan. 2, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Defense, specifically scoring points off of turnovers, sparked the rally that lifted Farragut’s record to 12-3 overall entering the week.

Powell fell to 8-4.

“I got on the girls a little bit at halftime,” coach Edmonds said of his team’s 23-17 halftime deficit. “That’s not how we play defense, so passive and so tentative, the way we were in the first half.

“Powell was really getting into us with a lot of ball pressure. …”

Last week featured mixed results for Farragut after splitting its last two games in the Greenbank Ladies Classic in Greeneville.

The FHS girls then dropped a thriller at Clinton, 64-62, Saturday, Jan. 3. (More on these games later in this story)

Meanwhile, injuries continue to plague Farragut.


After Edmonds’ halftime speech, the Lady Admirals “came out tenacious,” the coach said.

Sophomore guard Katie Cargo, whose defense and key baskets helped spark the rally, said, “We just came out and we were a lot more aggressive and tenacious on defense. We knew if we pressed ’em real hard they’d start making turnovers, and I think that’s what won the game for us.

“We got a lot of steals that turned into offensive scores.”

Hayley Newby, FHS sophomore standout post who picked up her third foul early in the third quarter, managed to avoid fouling out and scored 10 points.

“Hayley’s a really smart player, so when she came back in we knew she wasn’t going to foul because she knows the game really well,” Cargo said. “But I think Anna Brinson stepped up really well for us and kinda took the role of what Hayley does.”

Brinson, freshman reserve post, scored all six of her points during Farragut’s comeback push while Newby was sitting in foul trouble.

Stephanie Torrence, FHS standout senior guard who led all scorers with 18 points — 13 in the second half — said she and the Lady Ads “were playing sloppy” in the first half. “At halftime I said, ‘Guys, we have to start focusing, we’re all out of it. We have got to win this game.’

“We just played really aggressive … we did a really good job stealing the ball and scoring,” she added.

Down 9-2 early, Newby scored five of her 10 points in the first quarter to narrow the Powell lead to 13-12 after one quarter.

Ahead 23-17 at halftime, PHS got a basket and foul shot from Jessica Trice to go up 29-19 with 5:26 left in the third quarter.

Cargo’s three-point basket and fastbreak pass to Torrence for a lay-up cut the lead to five, 29-24. A Torrence steal-turned-lay-up, two baskets from Brinson, and another Torrence fastbreak lay-up suddenly pushed FHS ahead 34-31 to end the third quarter.

“Torrence, I think, stepped up her play in the second half, too,” Edmonds said.

Torrence’s drive and kick to Brinson for a lay-up made it 36-31, then senior wing Jennifer Rutherford contributed a three-point basket and long two-point jumper to increase the Farragut lead to 41-34 with 5:45 to play. “Jennifer hit some big shots, and Jennifer made some big plays on defense,” Edmonds said.

Cargo’s rebound basket and two free throws from sophomore wing Jessica Griswold following her steal gave the Lady Ads their biggest lead, 45-34, with 4:55 remaining.

“I think Katie Cargo really stepped up as a sophomore,” Edmonds said. “Really got after it on the ball, made some great trapping plays, made some great defensive plays that kinda got us moving in transition to get some transition scores.”

The Lady Panthers clawed back behind 13 fourth-quarter points from Brittany Allen (ending with a team-leading 16), cutting the lead to 47-43 with 2:25 left.

Torrence had a huge rebound of her own missed free throw with Farragut ahead 48-43 and just 48 seconds to play. Torrence then sank her next two free throws with 41.3 seconds left, and later hit two more with just 11.4 seconds showing to push the lead to 54-46.

Rutherford ended with nine points, Cargo seven, Abbie Cooper three and Griswold two points.

Andrea Conner scored 11 for Powell, while Trice had 10.

Farragut was without senior starting point guard Brittany Doss, out with a sprained knee suffered during the Greenbank Ladies Classic last week. Doss iwasexpected back this week.


Suffering yet another setback in depth with Cargo’s late first quarter ankle injury, Farragut kept it close at CHS behind 17 points from Newby — all in the second half. “Hayley stepped up her game in the second half,” Edmonds said.

Torrence added 12, followed by Griswold and Rutherford with 10 each.

Brinson came off the bench to score eight. “She really came in and played big minutes for us,” the coach said.

The extent of Cargo’s ankle injury was not known at press deadline.


In Farragut’s 63-49 Greenbank win versus North Greene Dec. 29, Torrence led the way offensively with 22 followed by Rutherford with 11 and Newby eight.

Cargo scored seven, Griswold six, Cooper five and Brinson four.

Losing to perennial Class AAA power Shelbyville 57-48 Dec. 30, Newby led in scoring with 12. Torrence, Griswold and Cooper each scored seven.


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