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Lady Cougars put up a fight during region loss at Farragut

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By Dwane Wilder

 Campbell County High School’s girls fought back from a double-digit deficit in both halves but came up short on the scoreboard Friday night during a 53-50 elimination round loss to Farragut in the Region 2-AAA Basketball Tournament.

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Shayla Goins, a junior post player, led the Lady Cougars (18-11 overall) with 15 points, including a 7-of-7 effort from the charity stripe.

Classmates Courtney Morris and Kristin Chapman also scored in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Courtney Miller chipped in 8 points, while Maria Foust had 2 and Amber Young 1.

“I thought we played a real good game even though we came up a little bit short,” said Lady Cougars coach Ryan Browning.

“We made silly turnovers at times, but I don’t think I could ask much more out of them.”

Campbell County shot a decent percentage at the free throw line, where the Lady Cougars made 17 of 24 attempts.

The Lady Admirals (26-5 overall) sailed out to a 17-7 start while playing on their home court. The Lady Cougars rallied to get within 3 points in the second quarter when Farragut was twice called for traveling and Miller capitalized on the turnovers by swishing treys from opposite sides of the court.

Foust was fouled on the final shot of the half and sank both free throws to cut Campbell County’s deficit to 27-23 at intermission.

Farragut pushed its lead to double digits again early in the second half. The Lady Admirals held a 42-32 edge going to the fourth quarter.

With Morris temporarily on the bench after a collision, the Lady Cougars made an unlikely comeback during the final period. Campbell County got within 1 point on four occasions down the stretch. Morris made a pair of weaving, off-balance shots, the last of which came with 16 seconds remaining to cut it to 51-50.

Morris got one more chance on the final possession of the game, but Katie Cargo saved the day for Farragut by partially blocking the shot as the buzzer sounded. 

Cargo led all scorers with 24 points.

For a team that takes great pride in not beating itself, Farragut nearly gave the game away at the free throw line, where the Lady Admirals converted only 62 percent (18-of-29) attempts.

“They hurt us in the paint in the first quarter, and then they went away from their big girl (Hayley Newby, 12 pts.),” said Browning.

 “I thought the breaking point for us was in the third quarter. I think we were a couple of possessions away from being out of trouble.

“Of course I’m disappointed that we lost. You hate to say that you’re satisfied because you played well in your last game, but we had our chances late.”