After pair of rough ones, FHS girls roll

After a pair of huge District 4-AAA showdowns, both at home, went badly for Jason Mayfield’s Farragut Lady Ads basketball team, it was nice to follow up with an easy victory.

Losing a heartbreaker to rival Bearden — the team’s first setback of the season — Farragut then fell to perennial district power Maryville 65-49 Tuesday, Jan. 12. “When you shoot 14 of 28 from three (-point range), that’s pretty good,” Mayfield said about the MHS hot hand.

“… I think we played as individuals, and it makes us not as good as we can be,” he added.

Then came a young Hardin Valley Academy team last Friday, Jan. 15, at HVA. The Lady Hawks put up a strong fight in the first quarter before the Lady Ads breezed to a 67-32 district win. “I thought tonight we shared the ball much better,” Mayfield said, as Farragut improved to 10-2 overall, 5-2 in district following the victory.

“Macy (Barnes) came out and kind of got her shot back a little bit, she had 25 tonight,” he added about his senior wing and top scorer. “Ace (Avery Strickland) did some good things there in the middle of the court. Keeleigh (Rogers) did a good job getting to the rim.”

Other FHS scorers were Rogers with 13, Strickland 12, Ashlyn Sheridan nine, McCall Willis four and two each for Allie Hews and Saige Carbaugh.

Hardin Valley was led by Evelyn Hess with seven points, followed by Emma Boekweg, Avery Laugherty and Lexi Hall with six each, Ella Barrett scoring three and two apiece for Gracie Waite and Callie Butler.