Lady Admirals barely miss stateOn its home floor, Farragut’s Lady Admirals were one desperation shot away, just before the final buzzer sounded, from going to the program’s first ever state basketball tournament.
While a 17-footer from FHS sophomore Miranda Burt was too long as time expired, sending Jefferson County to Murfreesboro with a 42-40 substate win Saturday night, March 1, another huge shot moments before was equally big.
After Farragut leading 39-34 on a Miranda Maples driving basket with 2:51 to play, Lady Patriots freshman post Makalla Woolard took a rare three-point jumper roughly 23 seconds later. She nailed it.
“We didn’t have her as being able to make that shot,” Jason Mayfield, FHS head coach, said. “ [Madyson] Newby played it like she was supposed to.”
Following one free throw from Lady Admirals junior guard Anna Woodford, Jefferson County (22-11) tied things up.
“The big thing was losing [Autumn] Dotson, No. 21, she made some huge shots,” Mayfield added about Jefferson County’s top three-point threat, as the guard tied things from long range, 40-40, with 1:48 to play.
“I thought we had it, a five-point lead, but they just made some really big shots,” Mayfield added. read more
Up-and-down season ends for FHS Admirals hockey, 7-1, vs. KnightsAn up-and-down season ended on a sour note for the Farragut High School hockey club Thur-sday, Feb. 13.
The Admirals, who battled injuries and depth issues all season, saw their season come to a screeching halt with a 7-1 loss to the Knoxville Knights in the Moore Cup semifinals at the Icearium.
The loss ended Farragut’s season short of a second consecutive Moore Cup Championship and another trip to the state tournament.
“That was probably not a bad thing because you’ll need a deeper bench,” Farragut coach Rob Despins said of failing to make the state tournament.
The Ads (5-8-1) battled injuries all season and were without defenseman Austin Scheidt, who was out with a concussion.
“When you only have eight skaters, missing a player like Austin is really big,” Despins said. “A skater like him can really make a difference.
“He has a concussion and he hasn’t been playing travel hockey either. He probably wouldn’t have been ready for a couple of more weeks.”
Scheidt was sorely missed against Knoxville (6-7-1) as the Knights, the tournament’s second seed, started fast and scored four goals in the first eight minutes of the contest.
Knoxville took a 1-0 lead just 34 seconds into the game when Mason Jobe scored off an assist from Aaron Liner. Jobe’s shot hit the post and trickled past Tatum Magill and over the goal line.
From there, it was all downhill for the Ads.
“I think it all came down to the number of players that we had,” Farragut’s Gavin Gauld said. “Harley [Gorlewski] and I have played together for four years and we had a lot of fun and we had a good career.
“But it’s really disappointing to end like this.” read more