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Oak Ridge exacts revenge on Hardin Valley

Lady Hawks’ Kristen Lane, 23, drives against Lady Wildcat Kara Summer in play Tuesday night in Oak Ridge.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
OAK RIDGE — The Hardin Valley Lady Hawks stunned the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats one month ago, almost to the day, winning by two at HVA.

But on the road at ORHS Tuesday night, Feb. 2, the sequel was nothing like the original as Hardin Valley took one on the chin, 69-43.

Tied at 13 in the second quarter, the Lady Hawks (7-11, 6-7 in District 3-AAA) gave up an 11-0 run to Oak Ridge and the Lady Wildcats never looked back.

Meanwhile, The last time the Hardin Valley boys saw the Oak Ridge Wildcats was amongst a swarm of students and parents who had just rushed the home court celebrating the Hawks’ first-ever district win.

The ending of Tuesday night’s game did not offer the same excitement, as Oak Ridge defeated the Hawks (4-16, 2-11) 57-47. (More on this game later in story)

Down 28-17 at the half, the HVA girls gave up four points in the first 20 seconds of the second half before head coach Jennifer Galloway called timeout.

“We didn’t come out, obviously, with any intensity, and they did,” Galloway said. “I told the girls we were letting one mistake lead to three more very quickly. We didn’t have a short memory and we needed one tonight.”

Take away the strong first quarter and Hardin Valley never quite got their groove on.

The Lady Hawks could not shut down a potent Oak Ridge offensive attack and struggled to put up points to keep the game within reach.

“Coach [Jill] Prudden was really hard on them [after the Jan. 5 game],” HVA freshman Kristen Lane said. “I know that they didn’t want to get in the doghouse again, they really brought more intensity to the game tonight.”

Lane finished the game with eight points.

“This series showed us that any team can win on any night,” said Tiffany Cantrell, who scored four points. “Maybe we’ll see them again in the post-season and maybe we can get them again.”

Lauren Trent led all Lady Hawks in scoring with nine points. Other Lady Hawks scoring were Whitney Moore with eight, Jennifer Schilling five, Laura Hensley three, Jasmine Langston four and Emily Cornelius with two.

HVA boys fall

Hardin Valley’s leading scorer this season, Dominic Ratliff, lead the way again, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the first half.

“They [Oak Ridge] made sure they knew where Dom [Ratliff] was, but at the same time he still had 24 points,” HVA head coach Keith Galloway said. “Other guys had a difficult time scoring because a lot of them are drivers and Oak Ridge took away our driving lanes tonight.”

The Wildcats gave the Hawks fits with solid ball control and a new look defense.

“They changed up their defense on us and came at us with a different game plan and it worked out for them,” sophomore Tevin Gunn said.

Gunn, the Hawks’ next leading scorer with seven points, has grown in his role according to Galloway.

“He is playing well,” Galloway said. “It was tough for him to get involved offensively against the 1-3-1 defense they were running, but defensively he has been doing real well. He is only a sophomore. He is going to be a heck of a player.”

Other Hawks adding points were Jonathan Franklin and Mike Jones with five each, and D.J. Kellogg, Micah Goss and V.J. Brown all recording two.

Next up for Hardin Valley is a home district game against Clinton Friday night, Feb. 5.


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