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Hawks stun Ridgers x 2
HVA boys, girls edge Oak Ridge in a pair of dramatic finishes

Back on the bench for the first time since the birth of daughter, Sarah Kate, was Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball head coach Jennifer Galloway.

The Lady Hawks (6-7, 5-1 District 3-AAA) gave coach Galloway a 45-43 welcome back win against perennial state powerhouse Oak Ridge, extending their district winning streak to five games in the process.

“It’s great to be back around the girls again,” Galloway after the huge District 3-AAA victory Tuesday, Jan. 5, at HVA.

Meanwhile, Hardin Valley’s boys (3-11, 1-5) took newfound confidence built from recent wins and jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Oak Ridge en route to its first ever district win, stunning the Wildcats 36-35. (More on HVA boys later in story)

Junior post Jennifer Schilling lead the way for the Lady Hawks, scoring six of her team-high 10 points in the first half.

Down by one late in the fourth quarter, senior guard Caitlin James hit the biggest shot of the night, nailing a 3-pointer at the two-minute mark giving the Lady Hawks a 2-point lead they would not relinquish.

“The win feels amazing, especially against a good team like that,” said James, who scored six points, as did Whitney Moore.

Lauren Trent scored eight for HVA, Kristin Lane added five, Emily Cornelius and Tiffany Cantrell four each and Laura Hensley two.

The Hardin Valley boys team took two of three at the Lenoir City Classic and got a boost of confidence entering its District 3-AAA game against the Wildcats

“We practiced harder and coach [Keith] Galloway really inspired us to play solid defense. I feel confident we can get our first district win tonight,” said senior Guard Dominic Ratliff before the game.

After two missed free throws by Oak Ridge with 56 seconds left, the Hawks set up a last-second finish.

With eight seconds left, Ratliff drove the lane and buried a lay-up, the last of his team-leading 17 points, giving the Hawks the lead with less than four seconds left.

After Oak Ridge’s last-ditch effort failed, the Hardin Valley gym erupted as students and parents rushed the court to celebrate the win.

“What really won that game was our defense and I’m proud of our boys,” Galloway said.

Other Hawks scorers were V.J. Brown with five, Tevin Gunn four, Hunter Smoak and Sherrius Smith three each, and Justin Wakefield and D.J. Kellogg two apiece.


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