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Lady Hawks sweep Halls for third win of season

The Hardin Valley Lady Hawks have done it again.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition,, the HVA girls’ basketball team beat its District 3-AAA rival, Halls, for the second time this season, 50-44, Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Halls.

Guard Lauren Trent said, “We beat Halls before, but we knew we couldn’t come out here and take that for granted. They have gotten a lot better. We have too, and we knew it was going to be a battle.”

The Lady Hawks kept the game close throughout the first half, and when the girls hit the locker room, HVA led 21-17.

Trent, a sophomore, led the team with seven points at the half. Though scoring only two points, Laura Hensley, guard, had a stand-out first-half performance with three rebounds, two assists and one steal. “We executed tonight,” Trent said. “We ran our plays and had a lot of good looks.”

The third quarter was all about trading the lead.

HVA was up by two points, 29-27, halfway through the quarter before Halls went ahead. Michelle Owens, guard, wouldn’t let the Lady Red Devils keep the lead and hit a three-point shot 22 seconds later. In the last two minutes of the quarter, there were three additional lead changes, but the quarter ended 34-34. “We’ve been working on staying calm on offense, setting up plays,” Owens, a junior, said.

“Coach [Jennifer Galloway] said that if we were going to win this game, it would be with our defense,” Trent said. “So we each came out and knew that if we could stop them on the defensive end. Everything would work out offensively.”

The Lady Hawks, 3-13 overall and 3-9 in 3-AAA after the win, held Halls (5-13) scoreless for the first 5:13 and took control.

“Over the past couple of days in practice we’ve been focusing on our defense and ball pressure. It worked,” Tiffany Cantrell, guard, said.

Trent led HVA with 14 points, followed by Cantrell and Owens, both with eight, and Whitney Moore with six. Jennifer Schilling and Haley Blank had four points each and Hensley and Kaitlin James two points apiece.


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