Rally! Knox tourney title for FMS girls

KNOXVILLE — Gabby Vanacker twice was “Johnny on the spot” in a critical situation for Farragut Middle School’s girls basketball team.

Her three-point jumper with just eight seconds to play in regulation tied Powell 38-38, sending this Knox County Middle School Basketball tourney title game into overtime.

Gabby, an eighth-grade guard, then grabbed the game-clinching steal and lay-up with just five seconds left in overtime, allowing top-seed FMS to finish Knox play undefeated (18-0, 21-1 overall) with a 43-38 overtime victory at South-Doyle Middle School Wednesday, Jan. 25.

“That’s what eighth-graders do, that’s what leaders do,” FMS head coach Devan McIntyre said. “We’ve over-achieved. ... What a year.”

About the tying shot, “I was actually a little nervous. ... I was surprised I made it, honestly,” Gabby said.

“It’s amazing, it’s unreal,” said Reagan Sheridan, eighth-grade FMS point guard who led all scorers with 22.

“We’ve all put such a great team effort into this,” said eighth-grade post Trinity Curry, who scored 10. Julia Tiernan added four points while Zoe Porter scored two.

Reagan and Trinity were named to the All-Tournament team, while Reagan and Gabby also were members of the regular season All-County team,