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Defense, free-throw shooting help Lady Ads earn 3rd in tourney


SEVIERVILLE — Second-half free-throw shooting and late-game pressure defense helped the Farragut Lady Admirals finish third.

Farragut broke open a nip-and-tuck game with a 10-0 run beginning midway into the fourth quarter and beat the Maryville Lady Rebels 62-56 in the District 4-AAA Tournament consolation game Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Sevier County High School.

Noting Maryville’s size and physical presence, FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said, “We made a statement that we’re not going to let it get pounded in on us. We’re going to get aggressive, try to make it a backcourt game, try to get after ’em full-court. That’s where we made our big turn, made our run.”


Edmonds’ Lady Ads, the No. 3-seed, improve to 21-10 overall.

Maryville, the No. 5 seed, falls to 18-14.

Round one of the region tourney for Farragut is Friday, Feb. 27, at District 3-AAA runners-up Oak Ridge, a Class AAA power upset by Powell in the 3-AAA title game.

Region semifinals at West are Monday, March 2, with the girls’ championship game set for Wednesday, March 4, at WHS.

Stephanie Torrence’s 19-point led the winners, while Kylann Scheidt scored 12. Brittany Doss, FHS senior point, scored all 10 of her points on fourth-quarter free throws and won the praise of Edmonds for her shooting and her durability.

Despite shooting no free throws in the first half — the only foul committed by either team was by FHS in the first 16 minutes — Farragut finished 23-of-27 at the foul line.

Maryville was 6-of-13.

“Everybody really did a good job of hitting their free throws tonight,” senior wing Jennifer Rutherford said. “And we handled the ball there at the end pretty well. And I think the press gave us a spark, too.”

Hayley Newby, Farragut sophomore post, said, “I think it pretty well came down to us hitting our free throws at the end.”

Trailing 41-40 with less than five minutes to play, Farragut’s 10-0 run began on Newby’s left-handed lay-up with 4:36 left.

Two Torrence hoops, the last following a steal off full-court pressure, made it 46-41 at the 3:14 mark.

“We didn’t come out showing a really aggressive press, then we kinda switched up to it,” Edmonds said.

With FHS defensive pressure holding Maryville scoreless for a 4:34 stretch in the fourth, Rutherford and Doss each converted two free throws to seal victory.

Other FHS scorers were Newby with 10, Jessica Griswold five, Anna Brinson four and Rutherford’s two free throws.

Three Scheidt baskets, the last coming after a steal, put FHS up 15-10 with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.

Maryville stayed close, down 23-20 at halftime, behind Bailie Roberts’ 10 first-half points. The standout MHS post ended with a game-high 28 points.

Roberts led a Lady Rebel third-quarter surge, scoring three baskets to lead a 10-2 run for a 32-27 MHS edge with 2:33 left in the quarter.

Despite five points off the bench from sophomore wing Griswold, Roberts ended the frame with 10 points as MHS led 36-32.

“I’m really proud of Jessica Griswold, came in and made some big plays off the bench,” Edmonds said.

EARLY ROUNDS

Behind a 27-point effort from Torrence, Farragut eliminated Lenoir City 68-56 in the 4-AAA tourney’s opening round Thursday, Feb. 19, at SCHS.

Newby scored 15 followed by Scheidt with 13, Rutherford seven and Doss four.

But the Lady Admirals’ regular season frustration versus No. 2 seed Heritage carried over into the 4-AAA tourney semifinals Saturday, Feb. 21.

The Lady Mountaineers broke away from a tie game late in the fourth quarter to edge Farragut 58-52.

Torrence and Scheidt led FHS offensive with 14 points each, followed by Newby — who fouled out in the game’s final seconds — with nine. Brinson added eight.

 

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