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Lady Ads 7-0; FHS boys win

Marjorie Butler was a lonely presence on the Webb School of Knoxville score sheet for 21 minutes of girls varsity basketball action Tuesday night.

Butler, a talented junior guard, was the only Lady Spartan to score for more than two-and-one-half quarters during Webb's Nov. 30 home game versus unbeaten Farragut, an eventual 41-33 FHS win.

The Lady Admirals, recent champs of Gibbs Kroger Thanksgiving Tournament, held perennial Division II-A power Webb to seven first-half points for a 22-7 lead at the break.

But Shelley Sexton-Collier's Lady Spartans returned the defensive favor in the third quarter, holding FHS scoreless for 6:47 and pulling to within two points on several occasions by forcing numerous Lady Ads turnovers.

"Webb just stepped up and started getting physical with us, and we didn't do a very good job responding to that physicality," said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, whose team improves to 7-0.

Bulter's 12 third-quarter points also helped make it a game, but in the end FHS held on for dear life clinging to a series of two-point leads until the final 1:45.

Butler ended with a game-high 25 points for Webb (2-2). "We need to get our team more involved offensively, that's definitely something we've got to work on," said Butler, a University of Georgia commitment.

FHS seniors Hayley Newby and Katie Cargo led their team with 10 points each.

Meanwhile, Farragut's boys Gibbs tourney runner-ups made it a clean sweep at Webb with a 52-41 victory against a Spartans team missing a number of key players still playing football.

Farragut head coach Chris Cool's Admirals improve to 4-2 led by junior guard Blake Williams with 28 points and six each from Craig Leuthold and Reed Haugh.

"I think Blake played well," Cool said, adding his Ads' first half defensive effort "was really good" (up 34-16 at halftime), but "took a step back" in the second half.

Chad Nabors' 16 points led Webb, followed by Brandon Nabors with 10.


Despite missing several several easy shots in the first 16 minutes, the Lady Ads defense held the Lady Spartans to one basket, a two-point field goal, during the final 11:45 of the first half.

But Webb closed within two points on a number of occasions late and briefly had the ball with a chance to tie trailing 35-33 and under two minutes to play.

However, a steal and Cargo three-point basket made it 38-33 with 1:45 to play, changing momentum for good.

Sophomore guard Madison Blevins came off the bench to score seven for Farragut, while Whitney Smith, sophomore point guard, nailed a pair of three-pointers for six points. Katie Overton and Jessica Griswold each scored four.

Other Webb scorers were Imani Smith with three, plus two each for Kelsey Brown and Madison Davis and one free throw from Natalie Scarbrough.

About her team's quick start, "We played a soft man[to-man] defense, so we'd have plenty of help if Marjorie dribbled in," said Newby, a 5-foot-11 post. "We were really good at rotating around and getting on her and making sure that she's covered."

As for the third quarter mistakes, "I think we came out a little too confident and little too relaxed about the lead that we had," Newby said.


Overcoming a 14-3 first quarter deficit, the FHS girls won at Loudon, 49-35, Monday, Nov. 29.

"Jessica Griswold really played well, the best she's played this season," Edmonds said of the senior wing, who scored 12 points. Newby led FHS with 15.


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