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HVA girls win again; boys still searching

Ask any one of the boys on the Hardin Valley Academy basketball team what they want from Santa Claus and you are sure to get the same answer ... a win.

But while the Hawks (0-10 overall, 0-5 in District 3-AAA) put a scare into rival Karns at KHS Friday, Dec. 18, before losing 68-54, HVA’s Lady Hawks are having no problem finishing off games lately.

The Lady Hawks (5-5, 4-1) won their fourth in a row, beating rival Karns convincingly, 58-42.

Lady Hawks assistant coach Brianne Dodgen has temporarily taken over for head coach Jennifer Galloway, who is at home with newborn Sarah Kate Galloway.

The girls had a chance to visit their head coach and their newest fan earlier in the day, and the baby inspired the girls.

Junior Tiffany Cantrell exploded in the first, half scoring 14 of her game-high 18 points. “She was on fire in the first half,” said Dodgen, daughter of Farragut varsity boys head coach Donald Dodgen.

“I was open a lot and was able to knock down some shots early,” said Cantrell, whose hot hand allowed HVA to build a 31-13 halftime lead that was never threatened.

Junior Jennifer Schilling and sophomore Whitney Moore took matters into their own hands during the second half.

Moore scored eight of her nine points in the second half while Schilling scored eight of her 11 points after the break.

Schilling described the collective mood after the game: “I think we are just so excited and confident about our team now. We’re playing together well as a team and our chemistry is great.”

Junior Lauren Trent had nine points, Junior Emily Cornelius added five, senior Haley Keith had three, freshman Kristin Lane two and senior Michelle Owens one.


A good fight ended in yet another loss for the young HVA boys.

“We didn’t execute, we got out-rebounded and we didn’t put a full 32 minutes in together and it killed us,” said senior guard Dominic Ratliff, who had 14 of his team-high 24 points in the first half as the Hawks led by two with less than three minutes left in the half.

But a couple of poorly executed passes and missed shots combined with loose defensive play allowed the Beavers to make a 12-5 run and finish the half with a 33-28 lead.

Things did not improve for the Hawks from that point.

Senior guard Hunter Smoak, who finished with eight points, said HVA “will play well for 25 minutes and it seems like we have spots where it all goes downhill and we struggle to recover.”

Tevin Gunn added six points for HVA and Sherrius Smith had five.

“We are not responding to the adjustments other teams are making,” head coach Keith Galloway said. “Then we got behind. They [Karns] shot it well, handled the ball well and handled our pressure and we just were not able to close the gap.”


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