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Lady Ads No. 2 despite frantic end

MARYVILLE — Are you kidding — down 21 points in the fourth quarter and being within a made free throw of a once-in-a-lifetime comeback. With controversy mixed in during a frantic finish.

Don’t be too hard on Hayley Newby, Farragut senior post and District 4-AAA league co-MVP, for missing a free throw with no time left on the clock at the end, as the Lady Ads’ amazing rally fell short, 48-47, against powerful No. 1 seed West.

Newby, who has put Farragut on her back much of the last three years, was a big part of the No. 2 seeded Lady Ads’ gutsy late effort in the 4-AAA tourney finals Tuesday night, Feb. 22, at William Blount High School.

In the middle of the fourth quarter, “We got a timeout and sat the girls down and just kinda told them, ‘you need to show me what you all are made of,’” said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, whose team trailed 46-25 with 6:31 to play and 48-35 at the 2:45 mark. “‘Are you going to lay down and take this, or are you going to claw back?’”

Consecutive three-point baskets from Anna Brinson, two from Katie Cargo and ending with Whitney Smith’s three, cut the difference to 48-41 with 46 seconds left.

Consecutive steals followed by four Newby free throws trimmed that edge to 48-45 with 21.6 seconds to play. A technical foul on West’s bench, with 21.6 seconds to go, added one more Newby free throw, plus possession of the ball.

Going for the win, Brinson’s three-pointer misfired, and after a loose ball scramble the clock went all zeros and West’s bench began celebrating.

But one referee called a foul and gave Newby two shots. She hit the first one, missed the second.

Newby, an All-tourney choice, led Farragut (25-5) with 13 points while Brinson, an All-tourney post, added 10.

Out-hustled, out-quicked, out-rebounded, out-executed and out-shot for most of the game, Farragut was hammered out of the box by the Lady Rebs (26-2) — down 12-0 and failing to score for the game’s first 5:42.

West guard and tourney MVP Shyra Buley, along with fellow guard Keera Smith (team-high 14 points), combined with inside strength from star post and 4-AAA league co-MVP Alexus Patterson and forward Grace Alonso de Armino. Unable to figure out West’s 2-3 zone defense, the Lady Ads saw the Lady Rebels race past them for fast-break points and wide open half-court baskets. Other Lady Admirals scorers were All-tourney guard Cargo with eight, Smith seven, Madison Blevins four, Katie Overton three and Jessica Griswold two.


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