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Only five Farragut varsity basketball girls who aren’t freshmen will be available for head coach Wes Edmonds during the early portion of this season.

Carrying just 10 varsity players to begin with — and with only one starter returning from last season — Edmonds is missing two due to injury. “It’s a definite concern,” said Edmonds, beginning his second season as FHS skipper.

“I always tell the girls we’re all about quality over quantity. It was a concern last year.”

Injury-wise, junior wing Kirsten Chapman is out indefinitely while senior point guard Alex Newby is out at least six weeks.

Strengths? “I think we’re pretty athletic at a lot of positions,” Edmonds said. “And our girls play really, really good defense. I think the two go hand-in-hand.

“I think we’re going to win a lot of games on defense.”

Hayley Newby, a 5-foot-11 All-Region 2-AAA and All-District 4-AAA honoree last season, is a junior who “is really athletic for a post. ... She’s improved a lot from when she was a sophomore.”

Hayley Newby said, “We’ve had a lot of people step up.”

Cargo, starting junior point guard/wing, “Is probably the most athletic girl we have on the team.”

Sophomore starting power forward Anna Brinson [5-foot-10], “had a great summer this year. ... She turned herself into one of our best rebounders,” Edmonds said.

Abbie Cooper will start at shooting guard, joined by junior Jessica Griswold at small forward. “Abbie Cooper is one of the best, if not the best, shooter we have on the team,” Edmonds said.

Cooper said, “I feel like I need to shoot more now that I’m a senior, step up in that way.”

Edmonds said Griswold “is right there with Abbie as one of our best shooters.”

Unlike last season, Edmonds said the team will be “picking and choosing” when to apply full-court pressure and when to fast break.

“We got in a really good freshman [post], Katie Overton, who’s a little over six feet [tall],” Edmonds said. Overton and fellow freshmen Madison Blevins, a wing/point guard, and Whitney Smith, a wing, will supply all the depth until Alex Newby and Chapman return.

“Alex does a great job running our break, and she’s a really smart basketball player,” Edmonds said. “Kirsten has really good endurance, and can guard several positions. Pretty versatile.”

Alex Newby said, “I just need to make sure our team stays under control.”


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