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Season goal is big jump for HVA girls

The goals are mighty high for Hardin Valley Academy Varsity Girls Basketball.

Lauren Trent, HVA senior guard, said her team's goal for 2010-11 is “25 wins,” a 17-game improvement versus the Lady Hawks’ eight wins last season.

“We've got all our starters back ... we're looking for big things this year,” she added. “As a team I think we're a lot closer this year. I think we'll be very good; I think it'll show up on the court, of stuff we did in the off-season.

‘We really pushed the weight room, we got quicker. I think this is the best shape we've ever been in.”

Tiffany Cantrell, senior guard/post and returning starter, said her Lady Hawks “had a team meeting [mid-October] and we all kinda got on the same page. The seniors got together, and we wrote down what we felt should be accomplished this season. One of our goals was a 25-win season.

“That's quite a jump.”

Jennifer Galloway, HVA head coach, said senior forward Jennifer Schilling, also a returning starter, “is somebody who can change the demeanor of our team with the way she plays. If she's being aggressive, and she's on, then we're a much better team.”

Galloway said Cantrell “is one of the hardest workers on the team. She leads by example. She's the one who's going to come up with the big defensive play when we need it.

“When we just need some momentum, she's normally the person that can give that to us.”

Galloway labels Trent “a shooter and a good leader.”

Junior guard Taylor Harris is a transfer who “is like our pace-setter, she can make us go, she likes to push the ball,” Galloway said.

“We've got Whitney Moore and Kayla Carey [sophomore], who are our post players that can be very effective underneath.”

Moore is a junior with extensive playing time each of the last two seasons, having started some games last seasons.

Also in the mix is senior guard/post Emily Cornelius.

“She's a good shooter, and she's long, about 6-foot,” Galloway said. “She's always getting deflections. She's always in the right spot at the right time. Very consistent for us.”

Sophomore point guard Kristen Lane emerged as a starter late in the season last year.

“She knows how to handle the ball and get us organized offensively, and also creating shots for her teammates,” Galloway said. “She's able to beat her girl off the dribble and get somebody else a shot, or herself.”

Other players looking to contribute are junior post Kelsey Frix and sophomores Jasmine Langston (post), Hannah Cornelius (guard/post) and Caitlin Mann (guard).

Assistant coach is Brianne Dodgen.


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