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Fourth time is for region title: Lady Ads-BHS

FHS girls end Oak Ridge’s season; Lady Dawgs roll

BEARDEN — Exactly a year ago, Farragut High School’s girls’ basketball team ended its season with a loss to archrival Bearden in the semifinal round of the Region 2-4A Tournament.

Monday night, Feb. 26, on Bearden’s home court, FHS — the second seed from District 4-4A — was again in a regional semi, this time against Oak Ridge, the top seed in District 3-4A. 

A win would not only guarantee the Lady Admirals a spot in the Sectionals, but would give them a chance at redemption against the Lady Bulldogs.

Mission accomplished.

In a less-than-pretty tale-of-two-halves game characterized largely by fouls and turnovers, FHS (20-11) used a strong third quarter to build a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The final was 48-36.

“It took us a while to get adjusted,” FHS head coach Jason Mayfield said. “Once we got adjusted we got back at it.”

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Spartans control Catholic; girls win at Hutchison

KNOXVILLE — Defeating rival Knoxville Catholic for the third time this season, the latest a 73-56 win in Webb’s Lee Athletic Center that ended the Irish season Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, vaulted Ricky Norris’ Spartans (25-4) into the Division II-AA “Final Four” state tourney in Cookeville this week.

Senior Wing Drake Ingram led Webb in scoring with 24, while junior point guard Jaylen Pompey added 20.

Jason Gainey’s game-high 26 points led Catholic (16-14).

Webb’s Lady Spartans (20-8) also earned a “Final Four” trip after a 48-33 road win at No. 1 West seed Hutchison Friday, Feb. 23.

Perfect finish at HVA

Murphey, 32-0, wins 4th state wrestling title; KCHS pair 2nd, Connatser 3rd

FRANKLIN — Finishing off a near-perfect high school wrestling career, Hardin Valley Academy senior Ella Murphey captured her fourth TSSAA girls wrestling state crown — this season in the 185-pound class — finishing 2023-24 at 32-0 following state meet action Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25.

Murphey capped her sensational career with a pin (at 2:34) versus a senior with a final 30-3 record: Carter Grissom of Riverdale.

Elsewhere, a pair of Knoxville Catholic girls grapplers took second place at state: senior Rebecca Deyo (27-3) in the 165-class and freshman Delilah Queen (31-2) at 138.

On the boys side, HVA junior Brock Connatser (58-3) was third in the state at 113.

KCHS girls look to repeat

KNOXVILLE — It was a Sydney Mains showcase Friday night, Feb. 23, at home.

In the quarterfinal round of the TSSAA Division II-AA Girls’ Basketball Tournament, the versatile Knoxville Catholic High School senior poured in 30 points in leading the Lady Irish to a 55-37 win over Harpeth Hall School. 

KCHS, defending DII-AA state champion, will play Christ Presbyterian Academy in a state semifinal in Cookeville at noon Thursday, Feb. 29.

“Proud of her,” grinned coach/father Travis Mains. “She plays hard all the time.”

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Young Lady Warriors shine

KNOXVILLE — After losing nine seniors following last season’s run to the Division II-A State Semifinals, the Christian Academy girls basketball team felt overlooked and somewhat disrespected.

So the Lady Warriors entered their state quarterfinal showdown against Murfreesboro’s Providence Christian Academy with a bit of a chip on their shoulders.

Well, CAK finally earned the respect it deserved as it edged the Lady Lion, 46-42 to punch its ticket back to Cookeville and the state semifinals.

“Nobody gave this team the love they deserved and I can’t tell you how proud I am of them right now,” CAK head coach Abby Williams said. “It feels good to be going back to state.

“Everybody kind of counted us out after we graduated nine girls last year, so to have a whole new group pretty much come in and keep going with what’s a standard for us, I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

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CAREacter honorees named for FHS, HVA, BHS, CCS ’23

Chosen for their character, or more precisely their CAREacter — caring about others as high school football student/athletes — former football coach David “Truckster” Moore has named his CAREacter football honorees for the 2023 season representing Farragut, Hardin Valley Academy, Bearden and Concord Christian School.

FHS Ads honorees are Robbie Jacobs, Bryce Thompson, Landon Collins, Kent Carbaugh, Gage Kirby, Cody Pinkston, Roger McNeer, Nathan Freeman, Nathan Harville and Grady Brown.

HVA Hawks earning recognition: Tommy Joseph, Pierce Palmer, Brady Hogrefe, Brady Miner, Ayden Turner, Josh Lay, Neal Henley, Michael Stewart, Nathan Holbrook and Evan Clarke.

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