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Second-half turnovers doom HVA boys at Halls


The Hardin Valley Hawks took the lead for part of its Tuesday, Jan. 27, District 3-AAA basketball game against Halls at HHS.

Unfortunately, the team’s second-half game was plagued by turnovers. As first reported on Farragut First Edition at www. farragutpress.com, HVA lost to the Red Devils 84-64.

“I think we had chemistry and got into the flow of the game,” HVA guard Tyler Baker said. “Late in the first half and into the second half, I think we lost that. We started getting away from what we do best, and that’s when the game got away from us.”

“We did fight, and I’m proud of that,” head coach Keith Galloway said. “Most likely we’ll see these guys again in the tournament, and maybe we’ll get the win then.”


Hardin Valley junior guard Dominic Ratliff was injured in the first quarter and did not return.

Tied 14-14 after one quarter, HVA (0-18, 0-12 after the game) grabbed a 22-21 lead on Jamison Baker’s third basket of the game. “I’m always trying to go to the basket,” Baker, a sophomore, said. “I want to take some chances at my [small] height, and I always try to play as big as I can.”

It didn’t last, and when Halls (7-11, 2-9) began pressing about a minute later, Hardin Valley lost the lead for good

However, Galloway said, “Sherrius [Smith] stepped up. I told him to start playing more aggressively. He did that and was able to make some big shots. ... He played hard. I was proud of him.”

Smith, a freshman guard who led HVA with 20 points, said he felt he “had to step up” because of Ratliff’s injury. “I was scared to mess up because earlier in the game coach took me out for taking a bad shot, but when coach told me to be aggressive, I gave it my all,” he added.

Hunter Smoak scored 15 and Baker 11. V. J. Brown added six with Nathan Garner, Tevin Gunn and Ratliff scoring four apiece.

 

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