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FHS teams look like No. 3s for tournament
Second-half pressure overwhelms LCHS girls as Lady Ads recover

LENOIR CITY — Defensive pressure took its toll in the second half, and the Farragut Lady Admirals broke open a tie game at halftime to win easily against Lenoir City.

As first reported on Farragut First Edition, Feb. 6, three girls scored in double figures as FHS won 62-42 at LCHS Friday to all but lock up third-place in District 4-AAA (9-4, 17-8 overall).

Tied 23-23 at the half, “Got some turnovers in the press in the third quarter, beginning of the fourth quarter. I think that was the difference ...,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said. “And we were able to score off those turnovers, which we haven’t been doing very much lately.”

An 11-0 Lady Ad run to begin the third quarter started the separation. Lenoir City twice pulled to within nine but never got closer, and two more FHS steals thanks to pressure were converted into points building the lead to 43-30 after three quarters.

Stephanie Torrence, FHS senior guard who scored a game-high 16, said her team in the second half “got a lot [more] aggressive, ’cause they were getting pushy with us, so we just got pushy with them. And we started getting the ball inside more and being more aggressive to the basket. And the press was the best part of it.”

Junior wing Kylann Scheidt scored 15 (7-of-10 shooting), while sophomore post Hayley Newby added 12 (6-of-8) and yanked down a team-high seven rebounds.

Other FHS scorers were Brittany Doss with seven, four each for Jennifer Rutherford and Anna Brinson, and two each for Katie Cargo and Abbie Cooper.

“I think Torrence and Kylann played really, really well, gave us a good spark offensively,” Edmonds said. “Torrence has been looking for a game like this for a while. Her shots were going, and she kinda got in the flow a little bit.

“And Hayley’s always in there,” the FHS skipper added.

Edmonds also praised Doss, starting senior point guard, for her job handling LCHS’s defensive pressure. “They pressed the whole game, and Brittany goes a great job keeping her composure … she doesn’t get trapped very often,” Edmonds said. “Brittany really carried us, and was really a calming force when they were pressing and really getting after us.”

Off the bench, “Alex Newby came in and really, really played some good defense, helped us out,” Edmonds said about his junior back-up point guard.

Lenoir City, (4-8 in district, 6-13 overall after the loss) was led by post Brooke LeGate with 12 points.

Farragut’s sluggish first half could have been a hangover effect from a tough 57-52 district home loss to Heritage jus two days before (see story above).

“I think there was a little bit of a hangover, I mean we were all really mad,” Doss said.


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