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Hardin Valley hoop seasons end in tourney

The inaugural season of Hardin Valley Academy varsity basketball is complete.

Both HVA teams had short-lived stays in the District 3-AAA Tournament last week. The No. 7-seeded girls fell to No. 2-seed Powell 65-45 Thursday, Feb. 19, while the No. 9-seeded boys ending the season winless by losing to No. 8 Halls 72-43 one day earlier.

While the Lady Hawks managed four wins this season, including a sweep of neighborhood rival Karns, boys head coach Keith Galloway sees brighter days ahead for his Hawks despite the winless slate.

In addition to no senior class this season, “We didn’t have a single player that had varsity experience previously,” Galloway said, adding summer workouts were limited numbers-wise due mainly to transfer complications.

Also to be addressed in the off-season is strength.

“We’re just physically weak, and the reason is we weren’t able to lift weights [no weight room until recently],” Galloway said. “We’re going to get a whole year to work with ’em.

“I really feel like the guys are excited because they want to show everybody ... that we’re better than we showed.”

Against Halls, Nathan Garner and Sherrius Smith led HVA with nine points each followed by V.J. Brown with eight. Patrick Meek and Hunter Smoak each scored four, Tyler Baker added three and two points each for Lebert, Zach Clevenger and Trey Byrd.

In the Lady Hawks’ tourney loss to Powell, Lauren Trent led the way with 13 points followed by Haley Keith’s 11. Jennifer Schilling scored nine, Whitney Moore and Tiffany Cantrell four each and Michelle Owens and Kaitlin James with two apiece.


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