Defense, 3-point shooting allow FHS girls to surge past Jeff Co., win tourney
Jason Mayfield’s Farragut Lady Admirals with their Reeder Chevrolet Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament championship plaque.
Struggling to crack Jefferson County’s zone defense, Farragut saw the visiting Lady Patriots grab an eight-point second quarter lead and take a 19-14 advantage into halftime of this Reeder Chevrolet Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament title game in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.
But intensifying its own defensive pressure after halftime, plus some hot three-point shooting, allowed the Lady Ads to take control and win the tourney title 42-33 Saturday night, Nov. 30.
Junior guard Macy Barnes scored a team-leading 12 points, all on three-point jumpers, helping keep Farragut unbeaten at 6-0.
“I knew I had to provide for my team. And that’s what I do, I shoot,” said Barnes, whose 16 points led the way in a 55-40 win against Fulton in opening round tourney play Monday, Nov. 25.
Jon Higgins’ Farragut Admirals pose with their Reeder Chevrolet Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament title plaque.
Trailing tradition Class AA state power Fulton 25-14 with less than five minutes left in the first half, Farragut caught and passed the Falcons midway into the third quarter — going on to claim a convincing 64-57 win to earn the eight-team Reeder Chevrolet Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament title played last week.
While defensive intensity keyed the rally during this Saturday night, Nov. 30, title game in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium, the Admirals stayed perfect at 6-0 behind 21 points from Robby Geron, senior guard. Kaleb VanAcker, senior wing, added 13 points while Dillon Atwell, sophomore guard back for his first game after a foot injury, scored 10.
“We really picked up our intensity defensively,” Farragut head coach Jon Higgins said. “And we finally started getting those loose balls. ... From about mid-second quarter on, I thought we really took advantage of those. Grabbed the loose balls.”
Justin Underwood’s Bearden Lady Bulldogs remained perfect with a pair of victories at the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic over the holiday weekend.
Bearden (5-0) picked up easy wins versus Johnson City Science Hill and Christian Academy of Knoxville.
“I think we had a couple of good games,” coach Underwood said. “We still have some things that we need to work on, but I was happy with the way our girls played against two good teams.
“I was pleased with the way they played, especially with all the distractions with the holidays,” he added.
On Friday, Nov. 29, Bearden had four players score in double figures as it downed the Lady Hilltoppers 59-43.
Devan McIntyre, Farragut Middle School girls basketball head coach, couldn’t have scripted a better start when her team had its annual clash with rival West Valley.
But the WVMS Lady Wolves got a little defensive after falling behind.
“I was really excited when we came out hitting (shots) early, but I knew they would make their run,” McIntyre said after the Lady Admirals dropped a 32-27 decision to West Valley in a Knox County Middle School Conference contest Monday, Nov. 25, in FMS’s Bobby J. Henry Gymnasium.
Farragut (5-1 in conference play) jumped out to a 10-3 lead, but the Lady Wolves (8-0) responded big-time and led 19-10 at the break. Sharon Wilson, an WVMS wing player, scored a game-high 13 points.