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FHS boys hoops start strong; girls split OT affairs
Lady Ads edge HVA in overtime, but fall to Clinton at buzzer

Hardin Valley’s Lady Hawks proved they’ve come a long way in one basketball season Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Farragut.

But failing to convert on a potential game-winning possession in a 51-51 tie and under 30 seconds to play in regulation, the HVA girls came up dry in overtime.

Despite a bench of nothing but freshmen while overcoming serious foul problems from its key post player, the Lady Ads pulled away in overtime and prevailed.

Hitting 10 of 12 free throws without a field goal while holding HVA scoreless in OT, Farragut’s 61-51 victory was an opening-season Hall of Game contest Nov. 17 in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Two days later at Clinton, the FHS girls went overtime against the CHS Lady Dragons, but were bitten by a pair of buzzer-beating shots, losing 60-58. (More details later in this story)


In a game of see-saw runs — a 13-3 Farragut lead became a 34-25 HVA halftime edge before the Lady Ads scored the first 13 points of the third quarter — things stayed tight with FHS up 39-38 after three quarters.

“I’m happy the girls responded, being down nine,” Farragut head coach Wes Edmonds said. “I’m really pleased how they handled pressure, it told me something about the girls.”

Hayley Newby, FHS standout junior post who ended with a game-high 21 points despite four fouls late, said, “It was a huge win … we had three freshmen that came in and stepped up a lot [Katie Overton, Madison Blevins and Whitney Smith].”

But Newby picked up her fourth foul at the 4:35 mark of the fourth quarter and briefly came out.

Lady Hawk Jennifer Schilling nailed a 15-foot jumper to put HVA up 49-46 with 2:32 left.

“Jen stepped up with some big points,” Lady Hawks head coach Jennifer Galloway said about her junior post, who scored a team-high 16. “She got in foul trouble, but she played great defensively.

“We had a good, solid night from Tiffany Cantrell on both ends of the floor,” the coach added.

Cantrell, an HVA junior guard/post who scored eight, said her team’s competitiveness “just shows how hard we’ve worked since the off-season.”

After a Lady Admirals turnover, Anna Brinson, a sophomore post, rebounded an HVA miss and Jessica Griswold fed Newby for a lay-up, cutting the lead to 49-48 at the 2:18 mark.

Blevins then raked down a defensive rebound and Griswold converted from 10 feet out with 1:25 left, putting FHS up 50-49.

“The freshmen just did a really great job,” Edmonds said. “Katie Overton came in and helped Hayley out, got some rebounds. Madison Blevins and Whitney Smith came in and spelled our guards. … I don’t think they made very many freshman mistakes.”

Whitney Moore, HVA sophomore post who faced foul trouble late, hit the boards for an offensive rebound score and a 51-50 Hardin Valley lead with 1:05 showing.

Newby drew Moore’s fourth foul and converted one of two free throws, tying the game 51-51 with 40.3 seconds to go.

Hardin Valley stalled for the last shot, but attempting penetration into the paint lost the ball. A scramble led to the sideline where, after the ball went out of bounds, Farragut got possession with 1.6 seconds left.

Brinson went 4 of 4 at the line in overtime, and Newby and Abbie Cooper, a senior wing, each converted 3 of 4.

About her team’s early second-half rally where Farragut held the Lady Hawks scoreless for 5:23, Griswold said full-court pressure helped change momentum.

“We like to press, especially when we’re down, ’cause it’s a good way to get a spark,” she said.

Offensively, Griswold, who ended with 15 points, keyed her team’s rally by scoring seven early third-quarter points by going strong to the basket.

Individually for HVA, “I thought that Kaitlin James did a good job running the [point] for us tonight, she handled the pressure very well,” Galloway said.

Katie Cargo scored 10 for Farragut, while Brinson added eight, Cooper five and Overton two. Trent scored eight for HVA, with Haley Keith adding seven, Emily Cornelius six, Moore four and Kristin Lane two points.


Despite a game-high 22 points from Newby and 16 from Cooper, Farragut blew a 44-37 lead after three quarters as CHS guard Amber Taylor (14 points) hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, 55-55.

Lady Dragon Cody Houck (21 points) nailed a 15-footer at the OT buzzer for a the win.

“Abbie had a really good game,” Edmonds said about Cooper, who had three 3-point baskets before suffering a sprained ankle in OT. Grizwold added nine, Brinson six, Smith three and Cargo two points.


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