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FMS hoop girls take 2nd

Farragut Middle School already had some impressive hardware going into the semifinals of the James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial basketball tournament Wednesday, Feb. 9.

The FMS girls basketball team and cheerleaders were awarded the academic excellence awards with grade-point averages slightly above 3.8.

There also were some great moments on the court at Karns.

With a pair of tournament comebacks, the second-seeded Lady Admirals advanced to the title game against regular season champion Powell.

It turned into a defensive battle and the outcome was in doubt until the final seconds of a 24-20 Powell victory Feb. 11.

FMS finished the season 18-4, with the only other losses being to Webb School of Knoxville twice and to Powell in the regular-season.

“I am proud of our effort and hustle,” FMS head coach Chris Cavalaris said. “We talked about being more intense at tournament time and this was a tremendous learning experience for our girls. They accomplished a lot this season and have a lot to be proud of.”

FMS trailed in all three tourney games before wins against Whittle Springs and West Valley.

Making the all-tournament team were Rebecca Jameson, Mady Newby, Josie Jennings and Madison Maples.

Jameson’s athleticism sparked the comeback against Whittle Springs, and Maples played like a tournament MVP against West Valley. Maples hit all four of her 3-point attempts and scored 15 points in a 35-17 victory.

Also playing key minutes for the Lady Admirals were Kristen Freeman, Annie McMurray, Anna Woodford and Kelsey Rookstool.

Freeman worked on being more aggressive in the paint after catching the ball, Woodford give the team a spark off the bench and McMurray had a key role as the back-up point guard.

Jameson is an excellent distance runner and had outstanding moments defensively and offensively. She also displayed excellent sportsmanship and this was true after accidentally getting hit in the face by the ball.

“And it happened twice,” a wide-eyed Jameson said.

Newby grabbed several tough rebounds and made key free throws.

Jennings is an excellent soccer player and was a blur on the court, despite leaving the semifinal victory with a twisted ankle.

The No. 7 seeded FMS boys team beat Bearden in the opener and then upset No. 2 seeded Holston.

The Admirals came within a few seconds of knocking off No. 3 seeded Karns before a heartbreaking semifinal loss.

FMS had a two-point lead before Karns standout Zak Carter grabbed a rebound, dribbled down court and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“It was a very tough loss, but I was proud of the way our kids bounced back,” FMS head coach Randy Schwartzentruber said.

The Admirals were led by point guard Cameron Turner and forward Christian Jetton, among others.

Meanwhile, West Valley won the boys title with a last-second basket to beat Karns.

The FMS boys also suffered a last-second loss, 41-40, to Powell in the consolation game. Powell was the No. 1 seed as the regular-season champion. 


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