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Lady Ads’ hangover didn’t factor
FHS rebounds from setback at Heritage to drill Lenoir City


Neither a hangover from recent losses nor a slow start would prevent a blowout victory for the Farragut Lady Admirals basketball team Friday, Jan. 9.

Slowing pulling away from an 8-5 first quarter lead where FHS went five minutes with only three points, the Lady Ads held Lenoir City to 16 percent shooting from the field for the game.

The result was a 56-22 blowout in District 4-AAA action in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Ending a two-game losing streak, most recently a 62-52 district loss at Heritage Tuesday, Jan. 6, Farragut improved to 13-5 overall, 5-2 in 4-AAA. The Lady Panthers fell to 4-9 overall, 2-5 in district.

“We’ve been or sort of a losing streak, so this was a really nice turnaround,” said Jessica Griswold, FHS sophomore starting wing. “Coming into it, we were just really ready to get a win, finally.”

Farragut head coach Wes Edmonds said his team’s slow start resulted from “probably a little bit of hangover from Heritage. We just have to shake it off and play Farragut basketball and get out there and get after ’em.”


Shooting 41 percent from the field according to FHS statistics, the Lady Ads were led offensively by Jennifer Rutherford. The senior wing, scoring a game-high 12 points, continues to make big contributions despite a torn ACL following an October knee injury.

Hayley Newby, FHS sophomore post, scored nine of her 11 points after halftime, as Farragut led 22-10 at the break.

Other FHS scorers were Brittany Doss and Kylann Scheidt with six each, Stephanie Torrence and Anna Brinson five each, Griswold four, Abbie Cooper two and Avery Anderson one point.

Scheidt, a junior wing hobbled for much of the season with a knee injury, pulled down a team-leading five rebounds.

“Hayley played well … we had to watch her in the first half with foul issues,” Edmonds said. “She came in there and got some rebounds. I thought Anna Brinson played well, getting in there and getting some rebounds. And Jennifer Rutherford played well, it’s great having her back with her outside shooting. That really helps us a lot.”

Doss, having injured her knee in late December not long after suffering a concussion, said she “just kinda strained it, but it’s doing fine.

“I was a little nervous coming back wearing a knee brace, but after getting into it, it felt like a normal game,” Doss added. “Sometimes I feel a little slower, but I hope I don’t show that when I play.”

Chelsea Moore’s six points led LCHS.

Edmonds said Lenoir City has “a really good group of young girls” that includes former FHS posts Brooke LeGate and her twin sister Erin LeGate.

“They’re an up-and-coming team in our district,” the FHS coach added. “They played some good defense in the beginning and we missed some shots that we normally hit.”

HERITAGE 62 FHS 52

Against Heritage, Edmonds said his team “made some mistakes we don’t normally make. Maybe a little bit of a Clinton hangover, and we were still down [sophomore starting wing Katie] Cargo. And that was Brittany’s first game back from being injured, so she had some rust.

“And when you play a team like Heritage with their pressure, the way they press you and get after you — Heritage plays really aggressive defense, and I think it took our girls too long to get adjusted to it,” he added. “We made some pushes, but we couldn’t get in it. It was always four [down], six, four, six.”

Newby’s 13 points led Farragut, followed by 10 from Scheidt and Doss nine. Torrence, a standout senior guard, was held to five points — none in the second half.

Kelly Brackett’s 19 points led Heritage while Kat Morris nailed four three-point baskets and ended with 13.

Farragut lost despite a 21-point fourth quarter.

“Some shots were starting to go in,” Edmonds said. “We’ve been a slow starting team this year, usually we kinda turn it on in the third quarter and kinda find our rhythm. But we just started too late there. ...”

Doss added, “I think we let it get to us, the officiating, the calls on us whether or not they were fouls I think we kinda let it get to our heads. In the second half we kinda let them start hitting some shots. Our defense was good, but it wasn’t as good as it was in the first half.”

BEARDEN NEXT

Farragut will host archrival Bearden, 4-AAA leader at 7-0 entering the week, Friday, Jan. 16, starting around 6:30 p.m.

Seeking revenge for a Dec. 12 loss at BHS, Griswold said. “Hopefully we’re done with all this losing to teams that we should beat, and hopefully we can get some revenge.”

Doss added, “That’s a big game, we just have to come in there focused, especially as a team. “We’ve got to play aggressive and attack the basket, that’s when we tend to do better.”

 

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