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FHS boys grab one win in Central tournament

Farragut High School girls basketball head coach Wes Edmonds knew his 2011-12 squad would have to answer several questions as the new season unfolded.

So far so good.

The Lady Admirals are undefeated in their first five games, winning the championship of B&E Roofing Thanksgiving Classic at Central High School last weekend. Farragut claimed the tournament title with a 39-37 victory over Sevier County Saturday, Nov. 26.

The championship wasn’t an easy feat for the Lady Admirals.

That, however didn’t seem to matter.

“That's just the way this team operates,” Edmonds said. “It’s not pretty but we’re getting it done.”

Early on, the Lady Ads had their struggles against a Sevier County squad that plays with an extremely small lineup.

“The thing that makes Sevier County so good is that they play with five guards,” Edmonds added.

That being the case, Farragut attempted to take advantage of its height edge. But things didn't go the Lady Admirals’ way.

Farragut took an early 2-0 lead but then fell behind 9-4 by the end of the first quarter. Both Farragut buckets of the inaugural stanza came from junior center Katie Overton.

Meanwhile the Bearettes (3-1) hit jumpers to open the big lead before Farragut battled back to tie the game at 18 by halftime.

The second half was a see-saw affair but the Lady Admirals were able to come out on top on the strength of Overton’s inside game.

Overton scored 16 points and converted the game-winning free throws with 3.8 seconds left in the game.

Rebecca Jameson intercepted Sevier County’s final inbounds pass to seal the victory for the Lady Admirals.

“I was really, really nervous about those free throws,” Overton said. “But I knew that [forward] Anna [Brinson] hit a free throw to tie it.

“I knew that if I could hit one I would tie it and we would go to overtime.”

As it turned out, the Lady Admirals didn't have to work any overtime. Brinson, who played a scoreless first half, scored three points down the stretch when Farragut had to have them.

“I was excited to shoot those free throws,” Brinson said. “Every time we take the floor, we feel like people are underestimating us.”

Brinson added that the Lady Admirals, who advanced to the championship game with wins versus Gatlinburg-Pittman and the host Bobcats, have had early success due to teamwork.

“No one is a selfish player and everyone wants to see everyone else play well,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Farragut boys notched their first victory of the season Friday night in thrilling fashion.

The Admirals notched a 60-58 victory over Tenne-ssee High at Central. The Ads, who didn't play in the tournament’s final round, had three players score in double figures against the Vikings.

Blake Williams led the way with 21 points. Demarcus Martin had 11 and Jacob Johnson, who recently joined the squad, finished with 10.

Farragut (1-3) dropped its tournament opener to Austin-East 77-58 Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Farragut’s girls and boys have a pair of road games this week, beginning with a trip to Hardin Valley Academy today, Thursday, Dec. 1. They invade Campbell County Friday, Dec. 2.

Girls opening tip both nights is 6:30 p.m.; boys follow around 8.


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