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hoopspreview Lady Hawks’ improved strength should pay off

Off a three-win season in its first shot against varsity competition in 2008-09, Hardin Valley Academy’s Lady Hawks basketball brings all key players back.

With more muscle attached.

One “huge thing” this off-season, unlike 2008, “We’ve been able to get in the weight room,” HVA second-year head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “Last year we didn’t have a weight room to get into. Because we’re stronger and because we’re quicker this year, our practices have been so much better quality.

“I think that’ll play a huge factor in our games,” she added. “When your strength improves, your quickness improves, your ability to get to the goal improves, your passing improves.”

Also, “We’ve got a year of experience under our belts, I think we’re doing a much better job pushing the ball down the floor,” Galloway said. “I think we’re communicating better together. Just having that extra year is huge for us.”

Biggest strength? “I think right now one of our strengths is probably going to be our depth,” Galloway said. “We’re more even across the board, whereas last year we weren’t quite as much.”

As for pre-season results, “We won several games in camps,” Galloway said.

Biggest concern? “We still have stuff to prove,” Galloway said. “We still need to produce those results in the game, now.”

Galloway said returning starting posts Jennifer Schilling, a junior, and sophomore Whitney Moore, are expected “to do some scoring in the paint for us this year. They had pretty decent seasons last year, and we’re looking for them to improve.

“As for as our perimeter, we’ve got a lot of options.”

As for playing time, and leadership qualities, Galloway points to junior guard Lauren Trent and junior guard/post Tiffany Cantrell along with senior guards Haley Keith, Michelle Owens and Kaitlin James.

Keith said she has improved her “attitude” from last year. “I was hot-headed,” she said. “I’ve just kinda calmed down more.”

As a team, Keith said, “We want to prove a point that we’re not a young team anymore and that we can compete with everyone else.”

Owens said, “I think this year we’ve gotten a lot more done. We’ve been working out a lot. I think we’ll do pretty good this year.”

James said, “I think we’ve improved a lot, like, becoming a lot closer, like a team, getting to know each other as people. It’s more than just basketball.”

Other Lady Hawks looking to contribute are junior guards Emily Cornelius and Lauren Hensley, freshmen guards Caitlin Mann and Kristin Lane and freshmen posts Kayla Carey and Jasmine Langston. Taylor Harris, a sophomore guard transfer from West, was still seeking to become eligible at press deadline.


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