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Farragut, CAK split

A tenacious defensive battle between the Warriors of Christian Academy of Knoxville and the Farragut Admirals was exemplified in this play as Farragut’s Blake Williams, 24, wrestles CAK’s Chip Rhodes, 22, for a loose ball in second quarter action at- Dan Barile/farragutpress
A furious run lasting less than two-minutes, which bridged the third and fourth quarters, was the determining stretch as Farragut's girls basketball team won its 10th game of the season.

Just when Christian Academy of Knoxville had whittled a 29-20 Lady Ads lead down to one point — thanks to a 10-2 run late in the third — Farragut answered with a huge, and quick, flurry.

A 12-0 FHS run covering just 1:43 — led by senior guard Katie Cargo and keyed by a huge three-point basket from sophomore point guard Whitney Smith — ended with a 53-41 victory Tuesday night, Dec. 21, at CAK.

"Coach [Wes] Edmonds has told me many times that I need to shoot more inside, driving to the basket and create more offense," said Cargo, who led all scorers with 20 points.

Just when the Lady Admirals began pulling away midway into the third quarter, FHS senior post Hayley Newby picked up her third foul with 3:17 left and Anna Brinson, junior starting post, got her fourth with 1:17 remaining.

Five points from Lady Warriors senior post Kelsey Brown, plus a three-point basket from Catherine Bowen, led the 10-2 CAK run to close within a point, 31-30, with 1:17 remaining in the third.

But Smith's three-point jumper seemed to spark the visitors.

"That's what we look for in our guards," coach Edmonds said of Smith and Cargo.

"Unfortunately we made a few mistakes that cost us on that run that they went on," said Brown, an All-Region 2-A honoree last season who scored a team-high 16 points.

Newby, who finished with 17 points, came off the bench to score on consecutive rebound baskets, building the lead back to 11.

Bowen had eight for CAK, who dropped to 6-3 after the loss.

Blake Williams, Farragut junior guard who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, missed a game-tying three-point jumper at the buzzer as CAK's boys hung on behind a young scoring leader.

CAK freshman point guard Oteriah Lee scored a co-game high 18 points. "It was great, I just wanted to get all my teammates into the game," Lee said.

Anderson Payne, CAK senior forward, scored 12 and teammate Emery Naylor, senior wing, added 10 points.

Taylor Diegel, Farragut senior wing, scored a co-game-high 18 before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Will Park, senior forward, scored seven for FHS.

"We couldn't get the ball to fall there late, we had a bunch of open looks," said Diegel, whose team fell to 5-6. "We couldn't hit anything in the second half.

Farragut teams split in two District 4-AAA games at Knoxville Catholic last Friday, Dec. 17.

Fourteen points from Newby, plus 11 from Cargo, led the way in a 45-28 Lady Ads win.

Williams went wild offensively in a losing effort at Catholic, scoring 29 points despite a 57-42 loss.

Anna Mire led the KCHS girls with six points versus Farragut, followed by Clare Conaty and Carolyn Williamson with five each.

Against the Admirals, Catholic's boys were led by Lucas Branch's 12 points, followed closely by Matt Cox with 11.


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