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FHS girls open strong in Orlando, cruise 56-30

ORLANDO, Fla. — An effective 1-3-1 zone defense plus excellent shooting added up to first-round tournament success for Farragut’s girls basketball team in the Sunshine State.

With senior guard Katie Cargo’s 18 points complimenting “probably five or six steals” according to FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, the Lady Ads (12-2) blasted University Christian School, Jacksonville, Fla., in first-round action of the eight-team Windermere Prep Rock Holiday Classic Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 28.

Jessica Griswold, FHS senior wing, went 4-of-5 from three-point range and scored 14 points.

Senior post Hayley Newby tossed in 10.

“Katie and Jessica shot the ball really well,” Edmonds said of the experienced tandem, part of an effective 1-3-1 zone defense that greatly limited a program that went to Florida’s Class 2A state tournament last season (six classifications).

As for Griswold’s effort, equaling a strong offensive performance earlier this season in a Farragut win at Loudon, Edmonds said “going 4-for-5 from three is pretty strong. And she didn’t play very much at all in the second quarter.

“Katie Overton played really well,” Edmonds added about his sophomore post who contributed five blocked shots.

Farragut advanced into semifinal action Wednesday, Dec. 29 (after deadline) against a field also featuring teams from Illinois and Pennsylvania. The championship round was Thursday, Dec. 30.

Returning to District 4-AAA play Tuesday, Jan. 4, against Heritage at HHS, Farragut takes a 2-2 district mark to Blount County.

Starting 0-2 in 4-AAA, the Lady Ads have rebounded to beat Knoxville Catholic before edging William Blount in overtime at FHS in a Wednesday, Dec. 22 game rescheduled due to snow and ice.


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