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Freshman-JV Lady Ads dominate in tourney opener

Unlike Saturday afternoon’s blowout versus Karns, Farragut High School’s freshman basketball girls will learn such 44-point triumphs are few and far between at the varsity level.

But with a smothering defense forcing bushels of steals while two dominant scorers emerged, these FHS Freshman-Junior Varsity girls seemed to be having fun dominating the Lady Beavers.

Led by Madison Maples’ game-high 19 points and eight steals followed by Brie Carter with 16 points, seven steals and five rebounds, the Lady Admirals opened 2011 Farragut Freshman/Junior Varsity Girls Tournament play at FHS with a 56-12 romp Jan. 22.

Maples, a key wing player on this 11-2 team who nailed a pair of three-pointers Saturday, spelled out her immediate hoops goals: “improving my game and getting to play as a team, getting to know my team and play together.

“And go out there and have fun.”

Carter, also a wing, is one of the nation’s top-ranked teenage competitive water skiers. Basketball and skiing “are a good mix,” Carter said, because they’re held in different seasons.

“And I don’t ever get tired of the other because I’m not doing one all year round,” Carter added. “I love both sports equally. I’m a little bit better at water skiing, but I do enjoy basketball.”

Paige Denton scored eight for FHS, followed by Sierra Scott with six points and three steals and Rebecca Jameson scoring three while raking down six rebounds.

Mady Newby added four steals and two points while Kelsey Rookstool scored two and grabbed three steals.

Scott, a junior, is the only non-freshman on this seven-player team that has enjoyed success in Middle Tennessee.

“We’ve beaten some good teams when we played at Shelbyville [last] summer, we went 7-0 and we saw a lot of good competition,” FHS Freshman-JV head coach Beth Raby said.

“As a whole, we can shoot the three pretty well,” Raby added. “Our posts have come a long way, and I think if they get stronger they can be good posts for the future.

“All of them can play defense, and that’s where most of our offense comes from.”

Farragut advanced to the semifinal round Wednesday, Jan. 26, versus West among an eight-team tourney field. Championship game is 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29.


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