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Sweep of Rebs ‘signature’ HVA wins


With Hardin Valley Academy's Boys Basketball team already surpassing the program's win total from the previous two seasons combined in its first eight games of 2010-11, HVA shares one thing in common with its female colleagues.

Signature wins against Maryville.

“We had never beaten them before, and they're former [Class AAA] state champions [2007],” said HVA boys head coach Keith Galloway, whose team entered the week 6-2 overall highlighted by a 66-63 overtime home win versus MHS Nov. 23. “We really played well in the fourth quarter. ... I feel like that's been a signature win.”

The HVA Lady Hawks, led by head coach Jennifer Galloway, are out of the gate quickly in District 3-AAA at 2-0, 5-3 overall entering the week.

About her team's dominant victory against the defending District 4-AAA champ Lady Rebels, Jennifer Galloway said, “I thought we handled pressure. The first thing, though, was our defense. We were all on the same page and we were intense the entire night.

“We also stepped up and hit some big shots.” (More on HVA girls later in story)


HVA BOYS' SEASON

“It's been our energy, I feel like we've done a good job of trying to translate things over from practice into the game,” Keith Galloway said about the team's strong start.

Leading the way scoring-wise are junior guard/post Tevin Gunn and freshman forward Zak Carter.

Against Maryville, Carter’s 20 points paced the Hawks followed by Gunn with 16 and Sherrius Smith 12.

In a 48-39 victory against 3-AAA foe Anderson County Friday, Dec. 3, at HVA, “V.J. Brown did a really good job for us,” Keith Galloway said of the senior guard's 11 points and overall play. “He's been trying to take a leadership role.” Micah Goss added 10 points and Carter nine.

Smith’s 11 points led the way in a 66-39 romp of Heritage, then scored a team-high 18 in an 86-78 win versus William Blount. Carter added 17 points, Tyler Baker 13, Gunn 12 and Dwayne Clemons 10.

The Hawks only losses have been versus Powell in district (1-1 in 3-AAA this season) and a 72-55 setback at Farragut Thursday, Dec. 2.

Smith scored 19 and Gunn 17 versus the Panthers, while Gunn led against FHS with 16 points followed by Carter’s 13 and Brown’s nine.

Those losses are partially the result of a team with several inexperienced players “not being able to handle success ... so they get a little unfocused mentally. ... Us coaches have to do a little bit better job making sure they stay focused in practice,” Keith Galloway said.

LADY HAWKS' SEASON

“Defense and handling pressure has been the reason we've won games,” Jennifer Galloway said.

Individually, “We've had a lot of different contributors on different nights,” she added. “It's been somewhat balanced as far as the scoring goes.”

 

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