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FHS girls third in 4-AAA
Girls rebound versus West after Bearette stumble


Another last-second turnover proved costly in a tight District 4-AAA showdown for the Farragut Lady Admirals basketball team.

As first reported in Farragut First Edition, www.farragut-press.com Feb. 11, Farragut’s game versus Sevier County was tied 53-53 in the closing seconds of regulation as the Bearettes stalled for the final shot.

Sevier County’s Chelsey Haney blew a wide open lay-up with 10 seconds to play, but got a second chance when a Farragut clearing pass was intercepted by Jaisa Moritz, who fed Haney for the eventually winning lay-up with just 1.2 seconds remaining.

The tough 55-53 loss at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Wednesday, Feb. 11, ended Farragut’s district league season at 9-5, leaving the Lady Ads the No. 3 seed in the District 4-AAA Tournament at Sevier County High School in Sevierville.


The Bearettes, No. 4 tourney seed, finish 8-6 in 4-AAA and improved to 14-12 overall.

Farragut plays the Lenoir City-William Blount winner in round two of the district tourney beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19.

That winner plays Heritage, No. 2 seed with an automatic Region 2-AAA berth, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. Championship game begins around 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Farragut ended the regular season on a positive note (18-9 overall), using a 26-point night from junior wing Kylann Scheidt and 19 from sophomore post Hayley Newby to beat West 67-57 on FHS Senior Night Thursday, Feb. 12. More details later in this story.

SCHS 55 FARRAGUT 53

About the Sevier County loss, “We’re frustrated and disappointed,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said. “We turned the ball over, I think, about 16 times, and they didn’t press us that much.

“We didn’t execute and take care of the ball. … We shot well. … We shot one of the best [games] we’ve shot in a long time.”

However, “If anything’s been our Achilles heel it’s been rebounding in close games … not being able to be tough enough to get those big boards in big games,” Edmonds added. “And our half-court man[to-man] defense was atrocious; we let them have a driving lane, wide open, straight to the hoop. … Help-side defense, it was pretty lacking today.”

Jennifer Rutherford, FHS senior wing who scored a career-high 18 points Wednesday night, made the final three of those on a three-point basket with just 33 seconds left in regulation, tying the game 53-53.

“Jennifer hit some big outside shots,” Edmonds said. “I think Jen played well.”

Rutherford said, “We never give up, which is good. I thought we played pretty well as a team. Our shots were falling tonight, which is good. But we had way too many turnovers.”

While Rutherford’s points were a game-high, other FHS scorers Newby with 12, and Scheidt and senior guard Stephanie Torrence 10 each. Brittany Doss had two and Katie Cargo one point.

Newby added nine rebounds.

Doss, a senior point guard, said, “Today we had a lot of turnovers … silly mistakes. We shot the ball pretty well tonight.”

Three Bearettes paced the winning offense, as Haney, Hailey Tackett and Kendal Baxter each scored 15 points.

FHS 67 WEST 57

Rutherford scored 10 while Torrence added nine points as Farragut outscored West 37-25 in the second half.

 

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