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HVA sweeps Halls

Hardin Valley Academy’s Lady Hawks overcame a 10-point first-half deficit to beat Halls 45-42 on a buzzer-beating three-bomb by Tiffany Cantrell at home Tuesday night, Jan. 26.

The Lady Hawks (7-10, 6-6 in District 3-AAA) outscored Halls 33-20 in the second half thanks to impressive shooting from Cantrell and fellow junior Lauren Trent.

The pair combined for 19 points, all in the second half, helping HVA end its five-game losing streak.

Cantrell scored a team-high 10 points, none bigger than the game-winning three.

“I saw the clock and I knew it was coming down to zero. When Kristin [Lane] passed it to me I knew I had to shoot it, so I just let it go,” Cantrell said.

Meanwhile, the Hardin Valley boys team has long been waiting for an “easy win” and finally got one against crosstown rival Halls.

The Hawks (4-15, 2-9) took command early with stout defensive play, limiting the Red Devils to eight first-half points on their way to a dominating 56-38 win at home.

“This feels real good,” senior Dominic Ratliff said. “We played hard on defense and we were being patient on offense, that’s what kept us in the game.”

Ratliff led all scorers with 22 points. (More on the HVA boys later in this story)

“In the second half we started pressing and started building momentum,” Trent said of the Lady Hawks. “We got more transition time. Two of my threes came in transition. When we press and get in a rhythm that’s when we’re at our best.”

Other Lady Hawks scoring were Jennifer Schilling and Kristin Lane with eight each, Emily Cornelius six, Whitney Moore three and Kaitlin James a free throw.

For the Hawks, Tevin Gunn led the defensive effort but also broke out offensively scoring 15 points.

“He [Gunn] did a good job of taking care of the little things,” HVA head coach Keith Galloway.

Gunn said, “Coach told us to pick up our intensity. He gave us the keys to win and we did it.”

D.J. Kellogg, HVA junior guard who scored 10, said his team’s defense “was better tonight, especially when you hold a team to 38 points. “We just took care of business tonight.”

Justin Wakefield had four points for the Hawks and Hunter Smoak added two.


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