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Lady Ads roll, boys fall

Spirits were high for both Farragut High School basketball teams after a trip to Maryville Friday night, Jan. 27. The Ads salvaged a split as the girls prevailed 51-40 and the boys fell 59-50 to the Red Rebels.

The Lady Admirals grinded out another close victory.

“To me, any win is a good win,” said Farragut junior guard Madison Blevins, who scored 14 points to pace FHS’s offense. “All wins are good wins.

“There’s no such thing as an ugly win. This year, we’ve made it our motto that no one is going to outhustle us or out physical us.”

Farragut (20-5 overall, 9-3 in District 4-AAA beginning the week) started fast and led 14-9 after the opening frame and 24-19 at halftime against the pesky Lady Rebels (13-7, 8-4).

Maryville received a boost on the final play of the second stanza when Laney Elrod was fouled on a 3-point shot and hit 2-out-of-3 free throws after time expired.

The Lady Rebels then controlled the third quarter and pulled to within 32-29 at the end of that frame.

The defenses were especially stingy over the final eight minutes. Farragut scored its final field goal with 6:16 left. The Lady Ads, however, hit 15-of-18 foul shots to close the game and earned the victory.

Meanwhile Farragut’s boys (9-15, 3-9) suffered their sixth consecutive loss. That, however, didn’t dampen Farragut’s spirits.

The Admirals fell behind 21-8 early. From there, Farragut began chipping away and pulled to within 43-42 when Blake Williams, who finished with 17 points, hit a free throw with 3:31 to play. But Maryville’s Isaac Edminston buried consecutive 3-pointers to extend the Rebels’ lead to 49-42.

“We’re probably going to see them in the district tournament,” Williams said.

Demarcus Martin had 15 points for Farragut, while and Connor Martens added 12.


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