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Early tourney rounds leave FMS hoops teams at 3-0
Cavalaris’ girls dispose of South-Doyle


Chris Cavalaris was eager to point out his defensive most valuable player Saturday morning, helping hold the opposition scoreless for the equivalent of more than two quarters. "Annie McMurry played the best defensive game she's played in the two years of being a Lady Admiral,” said Cavalaris, Farragut Middle School Girls Basketball head coach, about his guard who picked South-Doyle's pocket numerous times with steals.

Such effort helped No. 1 seed FMS (14-5 overall) hold No. 8 seed SDMS to only three points into the third quarter before winning its opening round tourney game.

The 35-23 victory came Saturday morning, Feb. 5, in James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Knox County Middle School Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at Karns Middle School.

“We tried really hard and we just pushed them and tried not to let them score,” McMurry said.

Forward Miranda Burt led FMS in points with 12, followed by center Kristen Freeman with 11 points.

“Kristen Freeman is a great leader on the court, on the offensive end and with going after the loose balls,” Cavalaris said. “In the first half she was on the court probably four different times going for loose balls.”

Freeman said, “We've been practicing a lot and working hard and preparing for this.


“We just come out here and play our hardest and do our best and we're trying to make it to a championship,” she added

Anna Woodford scored five for the Lady Admirals, with Lexie Williams, Chanler Geer and McMurry each scoring two. Gracie Mabry added one free throw.

Farragut advances into the tourney semifinals beginning at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, at KMS versus No. 4 Powell (see story, page 1).

Girls championship game is set for 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, also at KMS.

Against South-Doyle, a 16-3 Farragut halftime lead grew to 20-3 before a Lady Cherokees rally.

“The best things would have to come from the first half, because that's when we played with the most intensity,” Cavalaris said.

“In the second half we kinda dropped back on defense, and they really tore our defense apart” he added. “Pretty much our staple is our defense.”

The Lady Cherokees pulled to within 10 late, 33-23, but ran out of time.

Karen Donehew led SDMS in scoring with six points.

 

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