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HVA girls lose to Clinton

Hardin Valley Academy’s Lady Hawks faced a “scrappy” and quick Clinton basketball team Friday, Jan. 9, where HVA couldn’t keep up, and lost, 65-36.

The District 3-AAA game, played at HVA, started slow for the Lady Hawks, scoring only two points during the first quarter.

“They were physical. They’re scrappy. They play well together, and they play a full-court game,” HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “We played hard, we just didn’t play smart.”

Jennifer Schilling, a sophomore, was on fire halfway through the second quarter and scored half of the team’s 16 points.

Her streak began when she was fouled with 4:18 left in the quarter, making a free throw and her team’s next two buckets. Just before the end of the quarter, she made a three point play – putting the ball through the hoop while getting fouled and then making the foul shot.

About her final points for the half, Schilling, playing post, said, “When I get the ball inside, my job is to go up as strong as I can, and I was able to do that and draw the foul.”

Clinton led 29-18 at the half.

The coach said her team looked much better in the second quarter because, “We were scoring. We only scored two points in the first quarter. If we’d made a few more of our wide open layups, then we’re in it.

The third quarter, however, put the Lady Dragons more than 20 points ahead.

Schilling scored five points in the first minute of the quarter, while Lauren Trent, a sophomore, and Whitney Moore, a freshman, both scored two points shortly after. But the Lady Hawks then hit a dry spell.

Clinton held the Lady Hawks scoreless for the last 4:40 seconds of the quarter and the first 1:30 of the fourth quarter. CHS took advantage of the drought, and put up 10 points in that time. The score going into the fourth quarter was 49-27.

Haley Keith, guard, broke the drought, and scored the team’s next seven points.

“I pretty much just got frustrated and decided I needed to do something,” she said.

Sophomore Laura Hensley scored the team’s last two points with 1:36 left in the game.

Galloway said they tried to get better control of the Lady Dragons by changing defenses. They began in a zone defense, but “sometimes in a zone you get stagnant and relaxed,” she said. “We didn’t score early, and I thought a man-to-man [defense] would energize us. We did better in it.”

But in the second half, Clinton “got some second-chance shots. We missed a few rotations, and they got some easy shots. Then when we did score, they scored too.”

The HVA team suffers from “a few” injuries, including guard Kaitlin James, who is coming back from a hand injury.

In a District 3-AAA game earlier in the week, the Lady Hawks lost to Oak Ridge Tuesday, Jan. 6, 62-32. Keith led the team with eight points while Schilling and Moore each had six points.

Karns is HVA’s next challenge. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, at Hardin Valley.


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