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Galloway: lack of effort dooms HVA hoop boys

The Hardin Valley Academy boys’ basketball team lost big to Campbell County in the teams’ second match-up of the season.

Unlike the previous games between the two District 3-AAA rivals, the Cougars more than doubled the score, 83-40.

Hardin Valley head coach Keith Galloway said he thought the problem was a lack of effort on the boys’ part.

“I thought we gave up and didn’t play very hard. I told the guys I don’t think we’ve done that all year,” he added. “Another problem was the guys weren’t playing together on the court. They weren’t communicating.

“At times it looked like they were just trying to take the ball and dribble it every time they caught it.”

Hardin Valley entered the week still seeking its first win (0-17).

Sophomore Tyler Baker helped get the Hawks off to a strong start. In the first three minutes of game play, the guard scored five points.

Galloway said HVA forward Zach Clevenger “was one of the few players who really gave everything they had in the second half. If everyone had played that hard, we would’ve been able to come back and make it a better ball game.”

Campbell County, 9-7 overall, 5-5 in the district after the win, led 20-13 after one period and 38-22 at the half before cruising.

Smith said, “We just didn’t play hard enough.”

Ratliff led HVA with 13 points, followed by Baker with seven, Nathan Garner six and Hunter Smoak with five. Zach Norman led Campbell County with 21 points.

Smoak, a junior guard, stayed positive. “That’s one of the good things about basketball, you typically play every two days, so you don’t have time to dwell on a loss,” he said.

In a 3-AAA matchup Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Hawks lost to Powell, 68-49. Garner led the team with 17 points while Ratliff had 10. Leading Powell scorers were Andrew Hansen with 19 points and Andrew Greene with 15 points.


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