Two ‘Courtside’ wins for FHS

Farragut High’s School’s stay at the Courtside at Concord tourney got off to a fast start — but things didn’t end like the Lady Admirals would’ve liked.

Farragut won its first two preliminary games versus Karns and Bearden Saturday morning, Sept. 28, but the Lady Ads ran into trouble in the afternoon at Concord Christian School.

In the final game of its pool, Farragut (16-10) faced the host Lady Lions and was swept 25-13, 25-23. But head coach Susan Davidson couldn’t find much fault with her squad’s effort in that match.

“They’re a great team and this is a great place to play,” said Davidson, FHS’s longtime head coach. “This is a great atmosphere and we played them over here early last year.

“I love to play here, but the calendar just didn’t work out for us this year. (CCS head coach) Carmen (Hochevar) has a wonderful team and she does a great job. I’m sure you’ll see them at state.”

But Davidson, who saw her team beat Karns 25-9, 25-12 and Bearden 25-21, 25-16, wasn’t quite as happy after the Lady Admirals lost a three-setter to Jefferson County in the quarterfinals.

Farragut, the fourth seed, fell to the fifth-seeded Lady Patriots 22-25, 25-22, 16-14 to close out its stay at CCS.

“We won the first one and then we let the second one get away, and then we let the third one get away,” Davidson said. “We have a very young team and we’re still learning. Our seniors (Alexis Cosey and Lauren Loveday) have given us great senior leadership and we’ve shown great growth from where we were at the start of the season.”

We have some players who started playing JV, who are now playing on the varsity.”

Davidson was pleased with Farragut’s showing in the preliminary matches of the tournament.

“Karns is a good team, but that game was early, and I don’t think either team had really woken up,” Davidson said. “Our game against Bearden was a lot more spirited.

“We played them early in the year and we’ve both come a long way since then. We’ve both grown and we’ve both gotten so much better.”