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Cav’s ‘D’ is key
FMS hoop girls advance to county tourney title game; boys fall in semifinals to BMS

Lexi Williams and her Farragut Middle School Lady Admirals struggled a bit in the second half against Powell's tight defensive pressure.

But these No. 1 seeded FMS girls gave back more than they took in this county tournament semifinal, holding the No. 4 Lady Panthers without a field goal in the fourth quarter until the final four seconds when the issue was settled.

Helping settle the issue was Williams, a Lady Admirals starting guard, nailing six-of-eight free throws in the game's final 41 seconds to help provide a narrow 34-30 win Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 8, at Karns Middle School.

“I was really nervous out there, but I took my time and shot it,” said Williams about her free throws, as No. 1 seeded FMS advances to the girls championship game of 2011 James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Knox County Middle School Basketball Tournament.

Chris Cavalaris, FMS head coach, said his team's zone defense “is what kept us in that game. … Gracie Mabry came in and got really good minutes on the defensive end, along with Amanda Hylton, she was hustling.”

Post Kristen Freeman, an All-league honoree along with forward Anna Woodford, led FMS in scoring with 10. Woodford and Miranda Burt each scored nine as Farragut almost blew an eight point second quarter lead.

It won't be an all-Farragut title night Thursday, however, as the No. 4 seeded FMS boys fell to top-seeded Bearden 42-31 in the semifinals despite a team-high 11 points from point guard Sam Cargo. (More on Farragut boys later in story).

Farragut's girls, 15-5 overall, play either No. 7 seed West Valley or No. 3 Holston in the title game Thursday, Feb. 10. Opening tip-off is set for 7:15 at KMS.

About possibly winning the tourney title, Burt said, “It would be really nice. We've been working hard all season.”

Woodford said making the title game “is a great feeling; we have to be ready and not get overly cocky because [Holston and West Valley] are both great teams.”

Against Powell, Williams' six points was followed by one by Annie McMurry.

Farragut’s boys (11-8) have a consolation game set Thursday against the loser of No. 2 Whittle Springs versus No. 3 West Valley. Thursday's opening tip is set for 5:45 p.m.

Against Bearden, Alex Long scored five while Josh Powell and Will Doerger had four points each and Tyler Allen added three.

Dylan Jackson, All-league post, scored two points as did Drew Driscoll.


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