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Hardin Valley drops two at Powell

The Hardin Valley Lady Hawks got caught up in a buzz saw early Tuesday night, Jan. 19, at Powell, watching the Lady Panthers hit shot after shot.

Powell built up a 27-6 first-half lead and never looked back on its way to a 61-49 win versus the Lady Hawks (6-10 overall, 5-4 in District 3-AAA).

“They [Powell] played well in the first half and we weren’t affecting anything they were doing with our defense,” HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “We came out in the second half more aggressive offensively and defensively.”

Meanwhile, Hardin Valley boys head coach Keith Galloway has stated before he wants to get his team to compete in every game.

In their District 3-AAA game at Powell, the Hawks changed their expectations.

Being able to compete is no longer good enough, now they expect to win.

In a close game, the Hawks (3-14, 1-8) had plenty of opportunities to win and believe they let one get away, losing to the Panthers 59-53. (More on this game later in story)

Their disastrous start frustrated the Lady Hawks, as expressed by HVA freshman point guard Kristin Lane.

“Going into the game we knew that we could beat them because the last time we played them we only lost by two,” she said. “So being down so much so early was really frustrating.”

Lane finished with 10 points.

Jennifer Schilling, HVA junior forward, scored a team high 16-points, 15 in the second half.

“We are coming out too slow,” Schilling said. “So tomorrow in practice we are just going to get on it. We are going to go as hard as we can the minute we step on the court.”

“I was pleased with the girls that we didn’t give up, that we fought until the very end,” Galloway said. “We need to figure out how we can play at second-half pace for 32 minutes.”

Others scoring for the Lady Hawks were Tiffany Cantrell with seven, Lauren Trent six, Kaitlin James four and Whitney Moore, Laura Hensley and Jasmine Langston each with two.

As for the HVA boys, “We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities tonight,” junior point guard D.J. Kellogg said. “We missed lay-ups, got a couple of turnovers then missed shots, missed some steals.

“We start off not playing hard and then in the end we have to try and play catch-up,” he added. “That’s not good.”

The Hawks nearly did catch up.

A double digit Powell lead evaporated in the fourth quarter and the Hawks pulled within two points when Kellogg, who finished with 16 points, nailed a jump shot with 1:58 remaining.

But the Hawks did not get any closer.

“They [Powell] hit free throws tonight, we didn’t,” said Galloway, describing the biggest difference in the game.

Senior standout Dominic Ratliff lead the Hawks in scoring, putting up 22 points against a Panthers team intent on slowing him down.

“He is such a good shooter we try and get him open shots,” Kellogg said of Ratliff. “We try to get him going early.”

Ratliff had 11 of the team’s 19 first-half points.

Other Hawks with points were Tevin Gunn with nine, V.J. Brown four and Dwayne Tucker two.


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