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Lady Ads survive CCHS rally in region quarters

It was hardly a thing of beauty, but Farragut’s Lady Admirals survived a hard-charging Campbell County rush at the end of this Region 2-AAA Tournament quarterfinal contest.

Senior guard Katie Cargo went 4-of-4 at the foul line in the final 27.3 seconds and scored a game-high 24, while sophomore post Katie Overton added a huge offense rebound, then an even bigger steal near the end.

Bottom line, it was a 53-50 victory for District 4-AAA’s No. 2 seed FHS against the Lady Cougars, No. 3 from 3-AAA, Friday night, Feb. 25, in Farragut’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“I felt like we played hard,” said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, whose team led 42-32 entering the fourth quarter. But CCHS (18-11) cut the lead to one point at four different times between the 3:23 mark and the game’s final 19.9 seconds.

“Campbell County was the match-up I was most worried about,” he added. “They’re all fundamentally sound, all their girls can shoot. They all have some size. They rebound very well.”

Edmonds said Cargo is typical of “players that step up, they make plays. And when the game’s on the line, she’s comfortable with it. You could just tell that. She wanted the ball, she was fine going to the line and handling it.”

Taking Farragut (26-5) somewhat out of its offense in the fourth quarter by pressuring FHS guards, the Lady Cougars attacked the basket with drives from guards Courtney Morris (13 points) and Kristin Chapman (11), and rugged post-up points from Shayla Goins (team-high 16).

“They put a girl up [defensively] to kinda slow us down,” Edmonds said.

Goins’ 7-foot jumper with 2:43 left cut the Lady Ads lead to 45-44.

But sophomore point guard Whitney Smith’s three-point basket restored a four-point lead, 48-44, about 15 seconds later.

From there Morris took over for CCHS, adding two lay-ups, the second cutting Farragut’s lead to 49-48 with 55 seconds remaining.

Though FHS missed a pair of free throws, Overton’s offensive rebound led to Cargo making two at the stripe, with 27.3 seconds to go, pushing the lead back to three.

“I think Katie Overton came in and did some good stuff on the boards,” Edmonds said.

Morris’ short jumper at the 19.9-second mark again cut the edge to one, 51-50.

Farragut missed two free throws seconds later, and Campbell County grabbed the rebound looking to run down the clock and take the winning shot.

But Overton stepped in front of a CCHS pass with 11 seconds remaining, then found Cargo.

The senior guard was money at the stripe with 7.9 seconds to play, increasing the lead to 53-50.

“We have been in so many games where it’s come down to the wire, and we practice free throws so many times in practice,” Cargo said. “I’ve been making them in practice, and I just have confidence in my shot.”

Morris heaved a three-point basket from the left wing just before the buzzer, but it landed well short of the hoop.

Building a 10-point first quarter lead, the Lady Ads held a 27-23 edge at halftime. Nine of senior post Hayley Newby’s 12 points came in the second quarter and included two baskets on cuts to the hoop for left-handed lay-ups.

Newby said her team “played hard,” but added, “We had some mental mistakes. But even though we had those mistakes we pushed through it and we kept going.”

Smith ended with six points, Overton and Anna Brinson four each and Jessica Griswold three.


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