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Hardin Valley girls rally to scare Lady Rebs; HVA boys tough for one half

Those Lady Hawks basketball girls are growing up fast.

Trailing Maryville 25-9 with 3:30 left in the first half, Hardin Valley Academy went crazy with hot perimeter shooting, aggressive drives to the basket for points and tough defense.

The result was a 32-14 run and a 41-39 HVA lead on Hailey Keith’s three-point basket with 1:32 left in the third quarter.

But the Lady Rebs (3-0 after the game), a perennial District 4-AAA power, took control early in the fourth quarter and won 69-61 at HVA Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Meanwhile, one pretty good half of Hardin Valley Academy boys basketball gave way to a horrible second half.

The Hawks stayed within six points of perennial District 4-AAA Maryville — a program less than two years removed from a Class AAA state title — before a 16-minute collapse and a 72-31 Rebs pounding of the Hawks Tuesday, Nov. 25, at HVA. (More on this game later in this story)


Lady Hawks head coach Jennifer Galloway said “little things,” which included transition baskets, hitting the defense boards and limited turnovers were key factors in the 32-14 run.

“I think the girls responded to that,” she said. “I think they fought hard. … I think we were aggressive, offensively and defensively.

“And then, once it’s so close at the end, then that’s when our inexperience takes over a little bit,” she added. “But I was glad to see we didn’t quit.

“This was the first time I saw some fist pumps and the girls getting excited about playing basketball.”

Keith, a junior guard who was one of four Lady Hawks in double figures scoring, led her team with 18 points. Four baskets were three-pointers.

“Maryville’s a good team, and we just fought hard, and our confidence boosted up with the fans,” she said. “We just started clicking.”

Sophomore post Jennifer Schilling added 16 for HVA (0-3), followed by sophomore guard Tiffany Cantrell with 14 and Lauren Trent 10.

“I think all four of those did a great job offensively,” Galloway said. “Defensively, Laura Hensley did an excellent job, we put her on [Bailie Roberts, MHS standout post], their best player, and I thought she did a good job in the second half.

“And I think the little intangibles that you didn’t see on the stat sheet; our bench was great tonight, we had great attitudes,” Galloway added.

Mira Neely added a pair of free throws while Michelle Owens had one point.

Cantrell said “teamwork” was the difference in HVA’s rally. “We just gelled, and we felt it and we just felt like we could hit stuff.”


Following a driving basket from sophomore Hawks guard Sherrius Smith with 5:26 left in the second quarter, cutting the Rebs’ lead to 18-16, HVA (0-3 after the game) went more than 16 minutes with only one basket.

It was 25-19 MHS at the half. It was 52-21 Maryville after three.

In the first half, “We played well as a team, we did mainly what coach [Keith Galloway] wanted us to do, and we stayed within our system and played hard,” HVA junior guard Hunter Smoak said.

But after the break, “Our inexperience showed,” Smoak added. “And when we got down we started playing like we wanted to do, and we lost a little bit of that fire we came out with.”

Dominic Ratliff led the Hawks with 13 points followed by Zack Clevenger with 11. Tyler Baker, Jonathan Franklin and Tevin Gunn added three each, and Smoak, Smith, Jamison Barker and V.J. Brown two apiece.

Jay Reynolds, Maryville’s 6-foot-9 senior post, scored a game-high 22 for Maryville (3-0 after the game).


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