17 straight wins for FMS hoop girls; tourney soon

Seventeen wins in a row.

Devan McIntyre’s Farragut Middle School Lady Admirals are blazing some kind of victory trail, remaining unbeaten in Knox County league play at 14-0 while improving to 17-1 overall

The latest win, an easy 40-14 conquest of Carter, came on Eighth-Grade Night Monday, Jan. 9, in FMS’s Bobby Henry Gymnasium, as these Lady Ads are assured of being the top Class AAA seed in the upcoming county tourney.

“These girls just come in every single day, and I never have to question their effort,” McIntyre said. “They truly love the game and they invest in it, and their hard work pays off.”

Specifically, “We’ve focused on our defensive intensity and winning the boards,” the coach said. “We’ve started keeping stats on boards.

“And we have an inside-out game this year that has really opened up a lot for us, having a dominant post player (Trinity Curry) as well as guards who can score the ball,” McIntyre added.

“I’m so excited for tournament play because these girls, if they keep playing like they’re playing, have an opportunity to keep advancing.”

Wing Gabby Vanacker led her Lady Admirals in scoring with 10, while Reagan Sheridan added nine and Trinity eight points.

Livi Slagle scored three, while Harper Holmes, Zoe Porter, Taryn Jackson, Jayna Carbaugh, Julia Tiernan and Makenna Hartley each had two points.

About her eighth-graders, McIntyre labeled them “a very special group with so much love for the game, and just so much potential as a whole.”

Tournament schedule

Farragut will host its first tournament game Wednesday, Jan. 18. The championship game will be Wednesday, Jan. 25, at South-Doyle Middle School.