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HVA’s first boys hoop seniors reflect on careers

One and done: the unfortunate quick ending for both Hardin Valley Academy basketball teams in District 3-AAA Tournament play.

But six HVA boys, whose careers came to an end following a 66-59 “play-in” round loss to Powell at Halls Wednesday, Feb. 17, celebrated two Hawks milestones this season: leading the program to its first-ever victories (four) while comprising its first-ever senior class.

Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks' eight-win season also came to a close in first-round tourney action, losing to Campbell County 58-43 at Powell Thursday, Feb. 18.

Lone senior Kaitlin James, HVA starting point guard, played her final game. (More on this game later in story)

Senior guard Dominic Ratliff, the boys team's top scorer this season who led the way versus Powell with 20 points, reflected on his HVA career after a loss to Karns Friday, Feb. 11 — his final home game.

“It's been a great experience for me, I'm going to miss it a lot, ” said Ratliff, who joins fellow seniors Justin Wakefield, Hunter Smoak, Jordan Greenlee, Mike Jones and Devon Burton saying goodbye. “You're always going to have you're high school memories in this gym.”

Smoak, a guard who scored four versus PHS, said “It's been a lot of fun, I wouldn't change anything. It's something that very few people can say, that they were the first senior class.”

Wakefield, a guard sporting a 3.3 grade point average, said his experience “was great, I loved playing here. I love my coach, I've got a great coach, [Keith] Galloway ... the seniors, Dominic, Hunter, Mike, Jordan, Devon, they all battled hard.”

Wakefield scored five points in his final game. V.J. Brown had 11, D.J. Kellogg nine, Tevin Gunn eight and A. J. Leverett two points.

Tiffany Cantrell's 15 points led the Lady Hawks versus CCHS. Kristen Lane had 11, Lauren Trent and Whitney Moore six each, Jennifer Schilling three and Kayla Carey two.


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