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Newby awakens, FHS rolls

Hayley Newby, struggling to play well early at Bearden Friday night, needed a different perspective.

Watching from the bench midway through the second quarter.

“You know Hayley struggles when I take her out ... she fumed about it for a few minutes,” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said about his All-District 4-AAA senior post, who bounced back rather well against the Lady Bulldogs Feb. 11.

Newby’s game-high 21 points — 16 in the second half — led FHS to a 49-30 win.

“I just told her she needs to step up,” added Edmonds, whose FHS girls end the regular season 24-4 overall, 11-3 in District 4-AAA and No. 2 seed in the district tournament.

“She just needed a second to get refocused and get her head right. After that she got rolling and really used some great footwork and kept the other posts guessing. Some great up-and-unders.”

Newby said, “I guess I was a little too excited to play, too jumpy. ... I was getting too anxious.

“I just needed to settle down and relax, focusing back on what I’m good at,” she added. “Taking my time on my moves and finishing.”

Farragut led 20-14 at the half thanks in part to sophomore reserve post Katie Overton’s seven first-half points, which included a pair of left-handed spinning baskets in the paint.

“Katie Overton came in ready to play,” Edmonds said. “Scored a couple of times, got some rebounds and got some blocks. She helped us keep a lead.”

The Lady Ads slowly pulled away from a 33-26 lead after three quarters, as the Lady Bulldogs (4-10 in 4-AAA) scored just two points the first seven minutes of the final quarter.

Katie Cargo and Jessica Griswold each scored six for Farragut, followed by Whitney Smith with three.

Anna Brinson and Madison Blevins had two apiece with Madison Maples adding a free throw.

Jai-Jai McLaughlin, junior point guard, led a young BHS team in scoring with 13.

“Our freshmen, they've had to come in and get used to playing from middle school to high school ball," McLaughlin said about freshmen Lexus Norwood, Erin Walsh and Tyler Carter — all of whom see extensive playing time.

“They're getting a lot of playing time, and they're doing well with that playing time,” McLaughlin added. “They're adjusting.”

Other Lady Bulldogs scorers versus Farragut were Norwood, Walsh and Priscilla Craig with four each, three from Carter and two scored by Olivia Taylor.


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