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Lady Ads are 4-AAA No. 2

Despite having three freshmen on the court much of the first half, Bearden surprised Farragut's Lady Admirals with outstanding perimeter shooting.

The last of freshman wing Lexus Norwood's three 3-point field goals in the first 16 minutes — six by BHS as a team — pushed the Lady Bulldogs, a heavy underdog, ahead 24-18 with 4:36 left in the first half.

But in a sudden exhibition of “whatever you can do, we can do better,” the FHS girls ended the first half on a 12-0 run with three-point baskets from Katie Cargo, Katie Overton and two by Whitney Smith. Farragut took over the game in the third quarter, aided by senior post Hayley Newby's game-high 17 points.

A 62-42 victory Friday night, Feb. 4, at FHS secured the Lady Admirals a second-place finish in District 4-AAA (10-3, 21-4 overall).

“We hit some big threes to come back,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said. “The girls had the confidence in themselves and their teammates to take those [three-point] shots, they didn't panic.”

Edmonds said he and his team have learned some lessons.

“We were playing not to lose, and I was coaching not to lose ... I think we were all really tight,” Edmonds said about early in the season, both winning and losing. “It was me trying to micro-manage too much, try to control every little thing ... instead of just loosening up a little bit.

“Once we hit the two losses in district [starting 0-2 in 4-AAA], I was like, 'well, that's not working,'” Edmonds added. “We went to a more motion offense, a lot of cutters, and threw out a lot of set plays we were doing. Kinda opened it up.”

Newby thrived on cutting to the basket Friday, where various FHS teammates found the senior for short baskets down low.

After falling behind Friday night, “We didn't throw out our gameplan or change anything we do; we made a conscious effort after that to really keep the girls loose,” Edmonds said.

Bearden's struggles continue, falling to 8-14, 4-9.

Cargo, senior wing, ended with 14 points.

About the comeback, Cargo said, “We've been through a lot this season, and we just have really good resiliency and we don't give up when we're down. And we just come together as a team better.”

Overton, sophomore post, scored 10 points.

“[Last] summer, I kinda made it my goal to, like, become more a part of it and just have confidence in myself,” Overton said. “When I go in there, I have to tell myself, 'I can do it,' and that, 'I belong out there.'

“It's kind of a head game for me.”

Overton said her summer AAU experience was a big help because they “played up a lot, against bigger and better players, so that gave me a lot of confidence because if I could play them I could definitely play in our district.

“Just go out there with no fear.”

Richard Cowan, Bearden head coach, said his team “got happy” with prosperity.

“When we missed some, and they started shooting the ball well, then the game got away from us,” he added. “They also hurt us inside with Newby, with some of those diagonal cuts. She hurt us bad.

“Their three-point shooing just wore us out.”

Pointing out his team is quite young, Cowan said his Lady Bulldogs “play so hard. We're so proud of our kids.

“We're just a little handicapped in size and physicality right now,” he added. “As next year comes about, we're going to be a little more experienced and a little stronger.

“And [Farragut] is going to graduate some kids.”

Norwood ended with 14 points, four 3-point field goals.

“I just came out ready to shoot, I was making all my jump shots in practice,” Norwood said.

Cargo said about shutting down Norwood in the second half, “We didn't let her get an open look again, and just really pressured her when she had the ball.”

Mallory Uekman, senior wing, added 11 for BHS followed by Jai-Jai McLaughlin, junior point guard, with 10.

Other Lady Admirals scorers were Smith with six, Jessica Griswold and Anna Brinson with five each, Madison Blevins four and Madison Maples with one point.

Olivia Taylor scored three points for Bearden while Carolyn Hill and Erin Walsh each added two.


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