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Lady Ads lose but learn

The Farragut High School girls basketball team suffered a narrow road loss Friday night.

The Lady Admirals, however, received a valuable lesson.

“This game helped us because we learned a lot,” Lady Admirals junior point guard Whitney Smith said after Farragut dropped a 56-55 decision to Fulton Dec. 30 at Jody Wright Arena. “Fulton did a great job with their pressure and this game is going to help us in the district.

“All we can do is grow from this game and play the rest of the district season and get to the district and region [tournaments].”

The game was a physical and tight contest between these two KIL heavyweights.

The Lady Admirals (13-3) and Lady Falcons played a fairly even first half but Farragut struggled with Fulton’s aggressive pressing defense. Farragut committed several turnovers.

Fulton (10-2) finished the first half clinging to a slim 32-31 advantage. The Lady Falcons then scored the first four points after halftime. Victoria Griffin and Tyanna Castle converted steals into transition lay-ups to extend the home team’s lead to 36-31.

Lady Admirals head coach Wes Edmonds then called a time-out and his team responded by scoring the next 12 points to open a 43-35 lead. Farragut’s guards were key as Smith, who finished with a game-high 22 points, buried a pair of 3-pointers. Madison Blevins added four points and Rebecca Jameson had a basket during the surge.

Smith and Fulton’s Bre Hall then matched long-range jumpers before Blevins, who finished with 13 points, scored the final two buckets of the frame. When the dust had settled, the Lady Admirals had a 48-41 lead.

Jameson opened the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws and Farragut, which led 50-41, appeared poised for victory.

But it wasn’t to be as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Admirals 15-5 down the stretch.

Edmonds said that he was pleased with his squad’s effort but added that his team was extremely bothered by Fulton’s relentless pressure.

“We could have made some better decisions tonight,” Edmonds said. “We really got a good challenge tonight and this will help us.

“I would rather play this game against a team like Fulton and lose than come in and blow out a team by 30 points. It’s better to lose a game like this now than to lose one in the district. We have to find a way to respond and win a game like this.”

Despite the loss, Smith hit six 3-pointers.


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