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HVA hoop girls crush Halls for program’s first-ever win

Hardin Valley Academy’s Lady Hawks’ win against Halls High School Tuesday, Dec. 9, was big for two reasons.

First, it was the team’s first win in the first season by the school’s first basketball team. Second, it wasn’t a close game. HVA beat HHS by 25 points with a final score of 62-37.

“I don’t think any other win is going to top this win. It is very special,” HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “It’s the first win for our school; the first win for our team. We’re happy it all came together tonight.”

Whitney Moore, post, said, “It feels great. Halls is a good team.”

The Lady Hawks kept their offense fast-paced throughout the game, scoring quickly then trying to get the ball back on defense. In the first three minutes of the third quarter, the girls scored 10 points. In two minutes near the end of the quarter, they scored seven points.

“We just wanted to get the ball down the court, get it inside and see what we could create,” Galloway said.

“We’ve been working a lot during practice,” Moore said. “We’ve been running and getting in shape. We just got out there and hustled.”

Michelle Owens, junior, said she thinks it was in part due to Halls’ attempt to press the Lady Hawks, something HVA had trouble with in its last game against West.

“We’ve been working on breaking the press. I think that’s why we got fast breaks,” she said.

Hardin Valley kept the game close during the first half, down only three points at the break. The second half was a different story.

The Lady Hawks were able to keep Halls to only 16 points, while they scored 38.

The key, the coach said, was defense.

“We only gave up two defensive rebounds in the second half,” she added. “In the first half, they were getting some good shots, but they were also getting a lot of second chances. That’s something we’ve been focusing on during practices all season,” she said.

Owens, playing guard, agreed.

“I think we did a lot better this time on defensive rebounds. Halls did a great job too.”

On offense, one important factor was foul shots, as the Lady Hawks made 13-of-14 tries. “I think our free throws were huge tonight,” Galloway said.

During the third quarter, Moore, who scored 12 points, talked about making key free throws. “It was a lot of pressure,” she said. “But it’s something we practice a lot.”

Galloway said several of the girls played well during the game.

“Haley Keith did a good job scoring early for us. Whitney [Moore] and Jennifer [Schilling] did a great job inside. Kaitlin James, our point guard, got six rebounds, and anytime your point can get six rebounds, it’s a good night,” she added.

Owens scored nine points. Additional points were scored by Keith with 13, Schilling eight, Lauren Trent five, and James, Laura Hensley and Emily Cornelius with two each.


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