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Lady Ads’ post extra motivated, leads victory against W. Blount

Hayley Newby turned a negative into a positive Friday night at William Blount High School.

As first reported Jan. 30 on Farragut First Edition at, Newby, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, scored a game-high 20 points and snagged a game-high 14 rebound in FHS’s 54-37 District 4-AAA win Jan. 30.

Frustrated by her performance against Webb School and its standout 6-foot-1 post Faith Dupree three days before (57-40 FHS loss), Newby channeled that edge.

“Last game I just kinda got shut down, I feel like, and I just wanted to go in there and work my hardest and put post up, and they got it to me,” Newby said. “Playing against Faith Dupree was a real struggle. … It was just really frustrating to go up against her, she’s so tall and big.” Dupree had 14 points, Newby nine. “Some of the frustration from that game did carry on into this game, and I turned it into fire for this game.”

Against WBHS, Stephanie Torrence, senior guard, scored 11 for the Lady Ads (16-7, 9-3). William Blount (0-13, 2-10) was led by Sami VanVranken’s 10.

FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said Newby “played aggressive, was a beast. We were wanting to go inside, give Hayley a lot of looks and a lot of opportunity.”

Kylann Scheidt scored eight points and had three steals for Farragut. “I think Kylann did a good job … scored some big baskets for us, and made some big plays on defense,” Edmonds said.

Other FHS scorers were Katie Cargo seven, Brittany Doss three, two points each for Abbie Cooper and Anna Brinson and one free throw from Jennifer Rutherford.

Up 13-8 after one quarter, FHS raced ahead 28-13 at halftime.

“William Blount’s a really, really young team,” Edmonds said. “Our goal was to speed ’em up.

“When you’ve got Stephanie Torrence and Katie Cargo pressuring you … that’s a little different than eighth grade,” he added.

Ahead 46-26, Farragut saw the Lady Govs rally to within 11, 48-37, with 2:48 left in the game. “That was my fault,” Edmonds said. “The game got a little rough and I don’t think some of my young people are used to that kind of physicality.”

Rutherford, a senior wing, said “toward the end it was getting out-of-hand just a little. But I think we did really well driving to the basket and getting it to Hayley.”


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