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Newby duo help lead Lady Ads’ rout

The Newby cousins had a fruitful night of hoops in Farragut High School’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Friday, Jan. 23.

Alex Newby, one of the state’s best high school cross-country runners, hasn’t been running much with the Farragut Lady Admirals basketball team this season.

A stress fracture in her hip had caused the 5-foot-7 junior reserve point guard to miss the entire varsity hoops season — until her “coming out” game versus South-Doyle Friday.

“I was really anxious, and it kinda stunk to see all my teammates out there who I’m used to playing with, out there without me,” Newby said after her six points helped lead the Lady Admirals to a 75-31 trashing of the SDHS girls. (First reported at

“I’ve been ready for a long time — it felt really, really good because I had to sit out way over the first half of the season. That was not fun.”

This District 4-AAA victory improved Farragut to 7-3 in league play, 15-6 overall. South-Doyle falls to 3-12 overall, 1-9 in 4-AAA.

“I think Alex Newby came in and played well,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said, adding his team has “been doing a better job here in the back end of the season playing teams differently depending on their personnel.”

Alex Newby’s first cousin, sophomore standout post Hayley Newby, dominated inside early and with her eight points led the way as FHS built a 21-5 lead after one quarter.

Hayley Newby ended with a team co-high 12 points to go with a team-leading eight rebounds. “Hayley played well,” Edmonds said.

A healthy portion of Hayley Newby’s successful night was her defense on Lady Cherokees’ post Rebekah Hill. Scoring 22 points against the Lady Ads at SDHS (71-40 Farragut win Dec. 19), Hill was held scoreless Friday.

“The last couple of days … I’ve been in Hayley’s ear, ‘Rebekah Hill, Rebekah Hill,’ telling the girls we’re not going to let her score on us like that again,” Edmonds said.

Senior standout guard Stephanie Torrence also scored 12 for Farragut. Kylann Scheidt, junior wing, added 11 while junior wing Abbie Cooper came off the bench to toss in 10.

Jennifer Rutherford and Anna Brinson each scored six, with Katie Cargo, Brittany Doss and Jessica Griswold four apiece.

Among Farragut’s 15 steals, Cargo led the way with five according to FHS statistics. Hayley Newby had three.

Bria Woodfin’s 14 points paced South-Doyle.

Torrence said a blowout win hit the spot — if only to prove a point to South-Doyle.

“Our coach said before the game, that their coach said we weren’t much better than them last game [FHS led just 29-22 at halftime at SDHS],” she said. “So a lot of us took that as, like, an insult, saying we’re not that good, so we wanted to come out and beat ’em as much as we could.”


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