Strong out of gate for Farragut hoops

Balanced attack leads Lady Ads past Grainger

A balanced offensive attack and a stifling defense were the ingredients for a winning recipe for Farragut High School girls basketball last weekend.

The Lady Admirals held a potent Grainger High School team at bay for much of their 52-37 victory in a Hall of Fame Game Saturday morning, Nov. 23, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“We knew that this would be a challenge for us,” FHS veteran head coach Jason Mayfield said. “That’s a very good Grainger County team and that’s a state tournament team right there.

“Sure, they’re (Class) Double-A, but a state tournament team is a state tournament team, and that’s the kind of team that we want to be.”

The Lady Ads (3-0) darted out to an early 13-8 lead and extended their advantage to 32-19 by halftime.

Farragut held a big halftime lead despite having problems with their rebounding, according to Mayfield. “We struggled with that and we talked about it,” he said. “But we played good defense, we hustled and we had balanced scoring. This team hustles — and all these girls want to do is win.”

Sophomore guard Ace Strickland scored a game-high 18 points. Junior Macy Barnes added 15. Senior Claire Wyatt finished with eight. Keeleigh Rogers had six and Ashlyn Sheridan scored three for the Lady Ads, who made six 3-pointers against the Lady Grizzlies (1-1).

“I’m really proud of my team for the way we hustled,” Strickland said. “We just want to win.”