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Cargo carries big load, FHS girls rip Bearden

Jessica “The Traitor” Griswold played like a navy blue-blooded Lady Admiral at heart, no matter what her coach said after a big win against Bearden Friday night.

Poking good-natured fun at Griswold, standout junior wing and former teammate of several Lady Bulldogs at West Valley Middle School, symbolized the lighthearted post-game atmosphere. It’s no wonder, as FHS second-year head coach Wes Edmonds picks up his first-ever win against Bearden.

Meanwhile, the play of Katie Cargo, Lady Ads junior point/wing, was anything but funny to the Lady Bulldogs. Cargo’s game-high 19 points put the exclamation point on the 47-33 win Dec. 11 in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“I’m going to go bronze the ball,” Edmonds said jokingly about the personal milestone. “Last year there were some nerves going in … but the girls [this game] kinda stayed loose and relaxed and we treated it just like another district game.”

Shayla McDaniel, BHS senior forward, led an otherwise sluggish Lady Bulldogs offensive with 11 points.

Defensively, Farragut held the BHS tandem of Jai-Jai McLaughlin, sophomore point guard, and Ellen Smith, 6-foot-2 senior post, to a combined eight points.

“The girls played smart, they didn’t let Jai-Jai get in the paint very much,” Edmonds said. “And they made it tough for Ellen to get the ball. I think she had one shot attempt in the second half.”

Cargo said, “We definitely just wanted to come out and play hard against them, since they got us two times last year. We stuck it out.”

Individually, Cargo added, “I just really wanted to step up as an upperclassman and, like, lead my team. My teammates hit me when I was open.”

Edmonds said Cargo “had an incredible game. Katie’s had the ability to do that for a while.”

Griswold’s five second-quarter points (seven total) helped Farragut build a 25-13 halftime lead. “Our defense really stepped up,” Griswold said. “Holding a team like that to 33 points really helped us.”

Hayley Newby, junior post, scored 13, as FHS improved to 7-1 overall, 2-0 in District 4-AAA. Bearden fell to 5-3, 2-1.

“Wasn’t our night, we didn’t play well at all,” BHS head coach Nathan Hodges said. “They were able to penetrate our defense, and when we helped too much they kicked out and they hit shots.

“And on the offensive side it just seemed like we never got into any rhythm.”

As for being a “traitor,” Edmonds said Griswold “periodically wears a West Valley shirt, so I’m always calling her a traitor and … ‘I know you’re a Bulldog at heart.’ It drives her crazy, so I know she wanted this win a lot. She wanted to step in there and be aggressive.”

About her “traitor” ties going back to WVMS, Griswold said she played with “most of the [BHS] seniors and juniors all three of my middle school years.

“Mary-Mc Alexander [BHS junior starting wing] is one of my best friends, and so we definitely have a big rivalry,” Griswold added. “We were definitely texting last night, just talking about, like, how the game was going to go.”

Anna Brinson had four points for Farragut while seniors Alex Newby (point guard) and Abbie Cooper (wing), both back from injuries, each scored two.

Taylor Cravanas had nine points for Bearden, with Alexander scoring five. McLaughlin and Smith had four each.

Cravanas, a senior guard, said, “It wasn’t our night. We just came out flat, and in the Bearden-Farragut game you can’t come out flat. They hit shots, we didn’t hit shots. They played defense, we didn’t play defense.”


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