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Sweeping perennial power MHS 4-0, Lady Ads shut down Vaught, limit Maples

Practically shutting down Torie Vaught while limiting her Maryville partner in post play success, Miranda Maples, to just two second-half points, Farragut made it 4-0 versus MHS this season.

More importantly, the Lady Ads' resounding 64-44 Region 2-AAA semifinal win at FHS Monday night, Feb. 28, puts Farragut (27-5) into sectional (also called substate) play early next week.

Maryville's season ends at 19-14.

“I think Hayley [Newby] did an amazing job playing defense on [Vaught],” FHS head coach Wes Edmonds said about his senior star post, limiting last season's district MVP to just two points. “Hayley's a smart defender. She's played her so many times, I think she was able to anticipate some moves and just do a good job making it tough for her to score.

“Vaught and Hayley have gone at each other for the last four years,” he added. “Hayley really gets up to play Maryville … I think when she plays kids like that, she really wants to elevate her game.”

Helping the cause was relentless Farragut full-court defensive pressure and sticky half-court pressure, forcing bushels of turnovers, led by senior wings Katie Cargo (17 points) and Jessica Griswold (10).

“A lot of that goes back to the guards,” Edmonds said, also praising sophomore point guard Whitney Smith. “Our guards did such a good job pressuring them, it was hard for them to even look to get it in to Torie or Maples in the half court.

“We really got into them deep in full-court man and forced some turnovers, and limited them to one shot.”

Newby, who scored a game-high 19 points — 12 in a decisive second quarter — said stopping Vaught and limiting Maples “wasn't just the posts getting in on them, it was our guards getting in the face of their guards so they couldn't get a good entry pass into them.”

Griswold returned the defensive compliment.

“Our posts played so hard to try to front them and not let them get the ball,” she said, also including sophomore Katie Overton and junior Anna Brinson.

“Especially with the press, it was really important not to let them get the ball because when they get the ball on the blocks, a lot of times they're scoring.”

Maples ended with 14 points.

Edmonds summed it up: “To play as effectively and efficiently as we did against them in a region semi elimination game, and playing them for a fourth time, I think it's probably the best game we've played all year,” he said.

Madison Blevins scored six for Farragut, with Brinson adding five and Overton and Madison Maples two each.

Winless last season against the 2009-10 district champion Lady Rebs, Newby said “it's a great feeling to go from 0-3 to 4-0” to end her FHS career against Maryville.

“Because last year I knew all those three losses cut to the heart, and they hurt.

“We used that to fire us [up] every time,” she added. “I'm really pleased with how we played against them all four times.”

Griswold said, “It's awesome to beat them four times. It's definitely a rivalry.”

Regardless of its outcome in the region championship game at District 3-AAA tourney champ West Wednesday, March 2 (after deadline), Farragut advances into sectional play starting at 7 p.m., Monday night, March 7: (at the Region 1-AAA champ if losing; hosting Region 1-AAA runner-up if beating WHS).

The Lady Admirals entered its region tourney final 0-3 this year versus powerful West (28-2).


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