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Farragut’s Brian Westervelt goes strong to the hoop during first-quarter action against the Heritage Mountaineers in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Tuesday, Jan. 5.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
The Farragut High School girls basketball team got over “The Heritage Hump” in convincing fashion.

Senior point guard Alex Newby sparked a second quarter surge as the Lady Ads rolled to a 63-40 victory at home Tuesday, Jan. 5.

“We came out fired up because we lost to them all three times last year,” said Newby, who has battled through a hip injury. “This game was important, especially at home.”

The Lady Ads improve to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in District 4-AAA.

Meanwhile, Farragut’s boys surprised Heritage with a 1-2-2 match-up zone defense en route to an easy 72-34 victory, pushing the Admirals’ record to 11-5 overall, 2-3 in 4-AAA. (More on FHS boys later in this story)

Wes Edmonds, FHS girls head coach, was confident.

“I thought we were going to be OK because we’ve played some tough teams,” he said. “The girls played good defense and they broke a half-court press that’s given us a lot of trouble in the past. We rotated the ball and passed to the open girl. We finally got over the Heritage hump and Alex came up big in the third quarter.”

Newby started her scoring with a steal and lay-up early in the second quarter. Heritage had trimmed a 13-point deficit to just eight before Newby scored again on a nifty driving bank shot that sparked an 8-0 run.

“I knew that as a point guard I had not been scoring as much as I could,” she said. “I felt like that was hurting our team. I wanted to help open things up for the other players.”

Newby also had a strong start early in the second half and joined sharp shooting Katie Cargo with 11 points apiece.

Anna Brinson added 10 and Jessica Griswold scored eight and blocked three shots.

Whitney Smith hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Ads six in the game.

Junior forward Hayley Newby was the main beneficiary of the balanced scoring with a game-high 20 points, including 10 in the second quarter.

“Hayley is amazing,” Alex Newby said of her cousin. “I don’t know how she does some of the things she does.”

Edmonds shook his head in agreement. “We try and do everything around Hayley,” he said. “I want the other girls to shoot the ball, but we want Hayley to touch the ball whenever possible. She’s such a good player and great passer and she almost never takes a bad shot.”

Donald Dodgen’s Farragut boys took control early and were up 32-12 by halftime.

“I heard they had been working on a motion offense and were expecting us to play man like we normally do,” coach Dodgen said. “It took them a while to adjust and I thought that was the difference in the ball game.” Eleven players scored for the Ads. The scoring list featured Blake Williams (11), Stephen Britton (9), Wayman McLaughlin (8), Reese Browning (8), Landon Hunley (8), Reed Haugh (4), Daniel Leamon (4), Robert Jones (2) and Trevlyn Singleton (2). “I really like seeing all those crazy 8’s,” Dodgen said. “We’re going to be OK as long as we do that and have one or two players in double figures.”

Hunley had 12 rebounds and Leamon received the loudest cheer for a short jumper in the fourth quarter.


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