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Lady Hawks’ play better versus CCHS despite loss

For the second time this season, the Hardin Valley Lady Hawks’ basketball team lost to Campbell County, but its Friday, Jan. 23 home game is proof the team continues to get better as the season goes along.

With a final score of 47-26, HVA kept it much closer than when the two 3-AAA teams met the first time around. The Lady Hawks lost that game by 24 points.

Head coach Jennifer Galloway said her team’s defense kept the score closer this time around.

“I thought our defense was good all night. We were very intense the entire time. I thought we had a lot of ball pressure. After the first quarter, we just had trouble scoring,” Galloway said.

The first quarter ended with Campbell County in the lead, 11-10. Sophomore Jennifer Schilling stood out in the first quarter, with four points, two rebounds and one assist.

Trouble began in the second quarter, when it took the Lady Hawks five minutes to score. Post Mira Neely broke the dry spell with a two-point goal, bringing the score to 21-12. HVA, 2-15 overall, 2-11 in 3-AAA after the game, only scored three more points in the quarter, and the score at halftime was 27-15.

The Lady Cougars didn’t make it any easier for HVA in the second half. Hardin Valley’s girls had trouble getting the ball downcourt thanks to CCHS’s full-court press. In eight possessions, the Lady Hawks got within shooting distance only one time.

“We’ve struggled with turnovers all year,” Galloway said.

Lauren Trent, sophomore, said “there were a lot of times we were out of control. We threw the ball over our head, and they were standing right there to catch it,”

Schilling added, “We were making mental mistakes.”

About the time Hardin Valley began to break the press, it also held Campbell County scoreless for about five minutes.

“Coach had been telling us all week that we need to be more aggressive, and we did. We used our bodies more. It was our best defensive performance all year long. If we played like that every single night, we’d be a much better basketball team,” Trent said.

Schilling agreed. “We’ve been trying to be more aggressive and force turnovers.”

Unfortunately, the girls weren’t able to capitalize on their defensive efforts. They only scored seven points in that time, and though they outscored CCHS in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t make up the deficit created in the second quarter.

Trent said they were better prepared for Campbell County, 5-5 in the conference, this time around.

“We knew they were going to be physical because we played them before,” she added. “We did a lot better this time.”

Schilling, a sophomore post, led the Lady Hawks with 13 points, also making five-of-six free throws. Trent and Tiffany Cantrell each added six points.

The Lady Hawks lost a 3-AAA game to Powell, 64-31, at HVA. Neely led the team with eight points, followed by Haley Keith, Trent and Cantrell all with six. Powell’s top scorers were Jill Herman with 14 points and Sara Tovar with 10.


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