FHS girls claim 3rd during S.C. tourney

Admirals 44

Bobcats 33

BLUFFINGTON, S.C — The Farragut High School girls basketball team closed its stay in the Bobcat Classic on a high note Friday, Dec. 30.

The Lady Admirals defeated the host Bluffington Lady Bobcats 44-33 to claim third place in the event that featured some of the top teams in the country.

“We saw some pretty good teams over there and we played two pretty good games,” Farragut head coach Jason Mayfield said. “We didn’t shoot very well. They use different balls over there and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it but we didn’t shoot well.”

Mayfield said the Lady Admirals (7-6) had to earn a hard-fought victory over Bluffington.

“In the third-place game, we played the host team. They were a good basketball team and they were really athletic,” the Admirals skipper said.

“We rebounded well and we played good defense.”

Offense might have come at a premium for Farragut during its stay in the Palmetto State, but sophomore guard Morgan Carbaugh scored 10 points against the Lady Bobcats.

Senior Jamie Dallas scored nine points while grabbing seven rebounds in the Lady Admirals’ tourney finale. Kate McMurry finished with seven points for the Lady Admirals, who held Buffington to one point over the final eight minutes.

“We’ve had trouble finishing games defensively,” Mayfield said. “In our second game [against The Academy of Holy Cross from Maryland], we gave up 24 points in the fourth quarter. In the third-place game, we held Bluffington to one free throw in the fourth quarter.

“So it was nice to finish a game strong. This tournament was a good experience for us because we saw some good teams and we played pretty well in our first and third games,” Mayfield added. “We rebounded well and we played good defense in the two games that we won. In our second game, we really struggled to rebound.”

In that second game, the Lady Admirals dropped a 57-45 decision to The Academy of Holy Cross.

“We played a Catholic School from Maryland and they were a good basketball team and they actually won the championship [Friday],” Mayfield said. “We didn’t rebound particularly well and we really struggled.”

The one true bright spot in the contest for the Lady Admirals was sophomore Brooke Christian, who scored 17 points.

“Brooke scored 17 points for us and she played really well for us,” Mayfield said.

Farragut opened the tournament with a 46-29 win over Immo (S.C.).

Carbaugh scored 17 points and went a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc. She also had four assists.

McMurry, who was named to the All-tournament team, added six points.

“Kate was really consistent in the tournament for us,” Mayfield said. “She made some big plays.”