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FHS Frosh-JV Girls capture eight-team tourney

Defense and rebounding: Sierra Scott and Rebecca Jameson.

Two basketball players whose fundamental execution, without the glamour of long-range jumpers or fast-break reverse lay-ups, helped win a championship.

Jameson, a freshman post, said she “wasn't ready” when Wes Edmonds, Farragut High School Varsity Girls Basketball head coach, called her number for the first time ever as a varsity substitute last November.

But in Saturday night's 10th Annual Farragut Freshman-Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament title game, Jameson was ready to hit the boards hard against Jefferson County.

“We did a good job rebounding, we were a lot bigger,” said Jameson, whose game-high 10 rebounds plus nine points helped the Lady Admirals whip Jeff County 35-21 Jan. 29 in FHS's Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

However, “Defense is definitely what made the difference for us,” Farragut Freshman-JV head coach Beth Raby Underwood said, as her girls held JCHS without a point for almost 10 minutes to begin the game, then limited the visitors to just eight points in the second half.

“Sierra was huge for us on the defensive end,” Underwood added about her junior point guard. “Their point guard [Jennings] is pretty quick. I think their team pretty much goes as she goes. And Sierra was really able to kinda take them out of what they like to do.

“We tried to mix it up between man[to-man] and zone. If we do a good job playing defense and boxing out, we're tough.”

Vital to her team's superior board work, Underwood said, was “doing a good job boxing out,” adding Jameson “was big for us on the boards. I thought she had a good rebounding game.”

Post Mady Newby had five rebounds and two points.

Newby said she's not a big scorer — unlike big sister, Hayley, an All-Region 2-AAA and All-District 4-AAA senior post. “My strength is to box out and get those rebounds,” Newby said. “We all hustled, and throughout the tournament we all played good.”

Madison Maples' 10 points led Farragut offensively, as FHS zoomed ahead 11-0 after one quarter before Jefferson County rallied in the second frame to pull within four, 17-13.

But five points from Maples, a freshman wing, helped the Lady Ads build back a 28-16 lead after three quarters.

Other scorers were Brie Carter six, Scott four and two each for Paige Denton and Kelsey Rookstool.

Rookstool, a freshman wing, said her team “played together like we should, and we had a lot of teamwork. We've been together for a while, and we showed it … to trust each other on the court.”

Led by 10 points each from Scott, Maples and Jameson, Farragut rallied from a six-point first quarter deficit to defeat West 46-39 in the semifinals Wednesday, Jan. 26.

“We kinda let them stick with us at the beginning, but I think defense [2-3 zone] definitely made a huge impact for us in the second quarter,” Underwood said.

Maples added a team-high four assists. Jameson grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Helping the Lady Ads to victory were Carter with six points, five rebounds and three steals; Denton and Rookstool with four points each and Newby adding two points.

Scott said her Lady Ads “played as a team, we really showed them who we are.”

Denton, a post, said West “has improved since the last time we played them [easy FHS win at West earlier in season].”


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