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FHS in ‘Splitsville’

Lady Admiral Anna Brinson, 32, is mugged by Heritage player Kitty Inman, 13, and a host of Lady Mountaineers following a blocked shot by Farragut and rebound during the closing minutes of Farragut’s 55-39 road win over Heritage Tuesday night, Jan. 4.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
MARYVILLE — Though missing starting point guard Whitney Smith due to a sprained ankle, Farragut’s Lady Admirals didn’t miss a beat pulling together and getting to the point of a dominating District 4-AAA hoops victory — its third straight league win.

Behind senior post Hayley Newby’s game-high 20 points, Farragut (14-3 overall, 3-2 in 4-AAA) pulled away in the third quarter to win easily at Heritage, 55-39, Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Farragut’s boys (8-8, 1-4) couldn't match that success a bit later, losing a late five-point lead and falling 71-70 to previously winless Heritage (now 1-13) despite 22 points each from senior wing Taylor Diegel and junior wing Blake Williams.

Reed Haugh added 11 points and Preston Spalding eight for FHS.

"We turned the ball over, we missed free throws, we all missed shots," Haugh said.

Meanwhile, three other FHS girls reached double figures scoring — Katie Cargo 13 and Jessica Griswold and Katie Overton 10 each — as defense and effective passing were major keys to victory. Heritage fell to 7-6, 2-2.

“The girls did a great job moving the ball, passing the basketball, being unselfish,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said. “We shot the ball well and played really good defense. …

Individually, “Cargo did a really good job defensively,” Edmonds said about his senior wing. “I think Jessica Griswold [senior wing] came out and shot the ball really well.

“I think Overton did a great job … she had a lot of blocks,” he added.

about his sophomore post.

Griswold said, “We played really good defense. We stopped them from shooting the threes, which they like to do a lot.”

Anna Brinson scored two for Farragut’s girls minus Smith, a sophomore, who was injured during FHS play in an Orlando, Fla. tourney (winning two of three) Dec. 28-30. Edmonds said he didn’t know when Smith could return.

Both Farragut teams travel to archrival Bearden for showdowns Friday evening, Jan. 7, with girls’ varsity action starting around 6:30 p.m.


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