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Double trouble for HVA


An 18-14 halftime lead evaporated in the third quarter as the Hardin Valley Lady Hawks struggled to find a rhythm losing to the Central Bobcats 52-39 at home Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Opening the second half on a 13-4 run, the Bobcats kept the pressure on the Lady Hawks (6-8, 5-2 in District 3-AAA) eventually outscoring Hardin Valley 22-9 to take a nine-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

“We did not continue what was working. We didn’t capitalize on all of our options and we came out in the second half with no energy,” junior post Jennifer Schilling said. “We are pretty disappointed with our effort and the outcome tonight.”

Schilling scored the first six Hardin Valley points and ended the game with seven, matching sophomore teammate Whitney Moore.

Tiffany Cantrell led HVA with eight points.


“I thought we had some good minutes from our post players tonight,” HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “Jennifer [Schilling] and Whitney [Moore] both had a strong game.”

Meanwhile, the HVA boys managed one quarter of solid play but faced a Bobcats team that seemed to overmatched them in every category, losing to Central 82-52. (More on the boys game later in this story)

Solid defensive play and good rebounding kept the Lady Hawks in the game despite a sluggish start from its shooters.

Lauren Trent seemed to changed momentum late in the first half when she buried a three pointer at the one minute mark, giving the Lady Hawks their first lead of the game.

It all changed when play resumed in the third quarter.

“We changed things up on defense and that was my mistake,” Galloway said. “We also lost the battle for defensive rebounds and turned the ball over way too much and it doomed us.”

In the end, the disastrous third quarter was too much to overcome and the Lady Hawks dropped only their second district game of the young season.

Trent and Kristin Lane scored six each for HVA, while Kaitlin James added three and Emily Cornelius two points.

The Hardin Valley boys faced the defending District 3-AAA champion Bobcats and tried to maintain the level of intensity that brought them their first ever district win last week at home against Oak Ridge.

Relentless defense, strong shooting and a deep bench took the Hawks (3-12, 1-6 District 3-AAA) by storm and forced Hardin Valley out of their game plan early.

“They [Central] are good team,” HVA head coach Keith Galloway said. “We came out early and played with confidence, but in the second half we did not have the same mentality where we thought we could play with them.”

Hardin Valley lost control of the game in the third quarter, getting outscored by the Bobcats 28-4.

“We tried to shoot our way back into the game and we took some bad shots,” junior guard Hunter Smoak said. “They were playing really good defense as well.”

Dominic Ratliff and D.J. Kellogg led the Hawks’ scoring with eight each. Smoak had five, Sherrius Smith three and Christian Prescott ,V.J. Brown, A.J. Leverett and Justin Wakefield two points each.

Both Hardin Valley squads will try to pick up the pieces Friday night, Jan 15, at HVA versus 3-AAA foe Anderson County.

 

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