Late free throws lift Farragut over Lady Hilltoppers

Pat Kenney • Dec 7, 2019 at 2:01 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Avery Strickland hit a pair of free throws with .3 seconds left in the game to lift Farragut’s Lady Admirals to a dramatic 44-42 win over host Science Hill in Friday’s opening night of the Doubletree Roundball Showcase.

“There was no doubt in my mind that she would make those free throws,” said Farragut coach Jason Mayfield. “She’s automatic.”

The Lady Admirals (8-0) led 26-17 late in the first half only to see the Lady Hilltoppers (3-3) rally in the second half.

“At halftime we talked about playing better defense,” said Science Hill coach Scottie Whaley.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Alasia Smith hit back-to-back buckets to give the Lady ‘Toppers a 38-37 lead.

The lead changed hands three times before Science Hill’s Kathryne Patton tied the contest at 42-42 with 1:06 left.

Farragut pounced on a loose ball as time was running out and sent a desperate pass up court to Strickland, who was fouled the moment she touched the ball. Without hesitation, the Lady Admirals sophomore guard drained both ends of the one-and-one.

“This is why we come up here,” said Mayfield. “There are good teams and good competition.

“It wasn’t pretty at times out there and the execution could have been better, but we won a tough game.”

Claire Wyatt had 15 points and Keeleigh Rogers 11 for Farragut.

Smith led Science Hill with 12 points while Erin Egerbrecht added 11.

“Two good teams with the same goals,” said Science Hill coach Scottie Whaley. “Our kids fought hard and we had our opportunities. I think in the end both Farragut and us will be better basketball teams because of a game like this.”

Bearden 66, Elizabethton 45

Trailing 4-0, the Lady Bulldogs (7-0) then forced nine turnovers and went on a 21-2 run to effectively take command of the game. By halftime, Bearden had extended its lead to 36-15 and led by as many as 31 points late in the third quarter.

“We didn’t rebound and had way too many turnovers,” said Elizabethton coach Lucas Andrews. “In the second half we did some good things and had some girls step up, so that’s a positive.”

Morgan Headrick had 19 points and Renna Lane 10 for the Lady Cyclones (3-4).

Jakhyia Davis was the dominant force for Bearden. She scored 18 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and had three blocked shots and two steals. Zneyah McLaughlin added 14 points, Emily Gonzalez 12 and Jah’niya Bussell 11.