17-1 run turns tables, Lady Ads with 8th straight versus HVA

Five straight points from sophomore guard Annie Priest, which sparked a 17-1 Farragut first half run against rival Hardin Valley Academy, was more than enough to overcome an early 12-8 deficit.

Cutting down on its turnovers during the final three quarters, the Lady Ads held a 28-22 halftime lead that stood at 37-30 after three quarters.

Farragut built a 13-point lead late before winning this District 4-4A clash 57-46 Tuesday night, Dec. 13, on Donald Dodgen Court in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Now 7-4 overall, the Lady Ads improved to 1-1 in the district while wining the program’s eighth straight game versus HVA.

Maelyn McNealy, FHS senior wing, led her team in scoring with 13 points. Priest added 10, while freshman point guard Lilly Mullins — who started among head coach Jason Mayfield’s partially adjusted starting line-up — had nine points.

“I think that was an adjustment for some of our older players,” Mayfield said to the “Voice of the Admirals” Erik Gerhardt during his broadcast on WFIV-FM 105.3. “… We’ve got to figure out who our top eight or nine players are.

“I felt Lilly Mullins did a really good job. … Came out there and caused some problem for their guards,” the coach added. “Annalise (Bishop, senior guard) is always a solid defender. … Anna Corum (freshman guard), who I thought did a really, really good job tonight. … She defended, she fought, she battled.”

All of sophomore guard Lucy Beck’s nine points came on three-point baskets, as the Lady Ads nailed seven as a team.

Other Farragut scorers were Bishop with six (six-of-seven at the free throw line), Mya Johnston scoring five, KJ McNealy and Hannah Enderson each with two and Corum adding a free throw.

Kamiyah Love, HVA sophomore post, scored a game-high 14 points, followed by junior wing Gracie Waite’s 12.

Other scorers for the Lady Hawks (4-4, 0-1) were Lexi Hall with five, Kyndra West adding four, three points each for Kamryn Butcher, Madison Smith and Lily Adkisson, and two from Ava Claire Wrather.