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Hot shooting helps Lady Ads JV win tournament

It seemed only fitting that Annie McMurray held the championship trophy while she and her teammates posed for the traditional postgame photo shoot.

McMurray, Farragut High School’s junior varsity point guard, scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Lady Admirals to a 46-36 victory over rival William Blount Saturday night in the championship game of the Farragut JV/Freshman Girls Basketball Tournament at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“I don’t know what happened,” said McMurray, who connected on six 3-point shots, including four long-range jumpers in the third quarter. “I was just feeling it and this was the best game that I’ve played.”

Early on, both the Lady Governors and the resident Lady Admirals had offensive troubles as they slugged through nearly four scoreless minutes to open things.

But once the Lady Ads got rolling, the outside shots fell in bunches. Farragut, which outscored the Lady Govs 11-5 in the opening frame, got 3-pointers from McMurray and Madison Maples. Kristen Freeman converted a pair of foul shots and Madyson Newby added a field goal and was 1-for-2 from the free throw line in the frame.

Meanwhile, the Lady Ads’ defense was stingy, surrendering just two field goals in the frame. William Blount’s Haley Talbot had a 2-pointer and Sam Henry added a three ball in the stanza.

The Lady Admirals opened the second period with an 11-3 surge to take a 22-8 lead early in the frame as McMurray, who scored all of Farragut’s third-quarter points, scored five early in the second. Freeman and Maples each added 3-pointers to help the Lady Ads open the 15-point lead with 5:30 remaining before halftime.

Farragut’s defense became a little sloppy late in the frame and the Lady Govs had three long-range jumpers to pull to within 22-18 by halftime, and 22-21 early in the third quarter.

Farragut’s defense responded and McMurray scored 14 points in the third stanza to give the host team the boost that would net the victory.

“She lit it up and I don’t think she missed a shot,” Farragut coach Rachel McGinty said of McMurray. “She was amazing out there tonight.

“This was great to see these kids come in here and win the tournament.”


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