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Lady Ads lose by 10, Ads down Rebels by 16

There’s a lot to be said for being the fastest player on a relentless basketball team. Speedy point guard Wayman McLaughlin was a blur in the Admirals’ 65-49 victory over visiting Maryville Tuesday, Jan. 12, at FHS.

McLaughlin hit 16 points, Blake Williams scored 15 and Landon Hunley added 14 in the District 4-AAA win. Farragut improved to 12-5 and 3-3 in league play.

“I want to step up and play my best when we play a big district game,” McLaughlin said in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. “I felt like as a team captain it was my duty to produce.”

McLaughlin’s early 3 set the tone. He added five assists and three steals leading to a couple of breakaway lay-ups.

“I can get up and down the floor,” said McLaughlin, who said he doesn’t have an official time. “I just try and get everyone else way behind me.”

Meanwhile, the Lady Admirals suffered their first district loss, 53-43, after being outscored by 10 points in the fourth quarter. (More on the Farragut’s girls later in this story)

Farragut head coach Donald Dodgen affectionately uses the nickname “Tanzamanian Devil” for McLaughlin and for good reason. “He’s so quick and so fast,” Dodgen said. “He can make some great plays in the blink of an eye.”

Williams also was impressive and hit three 3-pointers. Hunley kept his composure and frustrated frequent double teams by hitting 10-of-10 free throws. He also had seven rebounds.

Also scoring for the Ads were Trevlyn Singleton (5), Will Park (4), Stephen Britton (4), Reese Browning (3) and Brian Westervelt (2).

Farragut started strong and held on for a 29-25 halftime lead. “I told the kids they were doing a heck of a job,” Dodgen said. “We just had to tighten up a little bit and close it out.

“We needed to do a better job of cutting off the baseline and finding the open man when they double teamed Lando [Hunley].”

Although Maryville trimmed the deficit to 37-34, Farragut surged ahead 59-39.

The student section was singing, “Goodbye” midway through the fourth quarter.


The Lady Ads suffered their first District 3-AAA loss after Maryville broke open a close game that featured 14 lead changes and five ties.

Farragut (13-4, 5-1) was outscored 31-18 in the second half and 19-9 in the fourth quarter.

Maryville’s disruptive press and zone defense limited junior standout post Hayley Newby to 10 points and just one field goal after intermission.

Her highlight was a nifty spin move in the lane after a nice pass from Abbie Cooper. She also grabbed a dozen rebounds.

“We missed some shots we normally hit and that’s what I told the girls to take out of it,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said. “We’ve had some dog fights like this before. That’s what we do -— play tough defense and try to keep the score low.”

Senior point guard Alex Newby had 11 points and made a sensational defensive play. Jessica Griswold and Katie Cargo combined for 15 points. Griswold scored eight and had a steal, block and assist in the first quarter.

Katie Overton also had a nice block. Freshman guard Whitney Smith scored the final five points of the first half. Anna Brinson had two points and reserves Cooper and Overton played key minutes.

Farragut hit four 3-pointers -— about half its average. The percentage for two-pointers was sub-par, too.

“We had a long layoff and had not played or practiced much the past week because of the weather,” Edmonds said. “I told the girls to feel good because they shot so poorly and were still in it.”

Farragut rallied for a 23-22 halftime lead despite hitting just five field goals.

The Lady Ads hit 10 straight free throws, but attempted zero in the second half. Maryville hit nine of its 12 free throws in the second half.

“I don’t know what was up with that,” Edmonds said. “We must not have done a good enough job of getting to the basket.” Farragut dropped out of the district lead because Maryville’s only loss league play was to Bearden.

The Lady Ads defeated the Lady Bulldogs Dec. 11 and the rematch is at Bearden Friday Jan. 15.

“Maryville was big game because we could have been in a really good situation,” Edmonds said. “Bearden is always a big game and this Friday at their place will be even bigger.”


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