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HVA teams combine for one tourney win at Beech

HENDERSONVILLE — Failing to close out games strong, topped off with poor free throw shooting in a painful loss to end 2010, left Hardin Valley Academy Boys Basketball winless in three tournament games last week.

“We're on a little bit of a slide,” HVA boys head coach Keith Galloway said. “We were the last-place team in that, and could have just as easily beat Beech in the first game and gone all the way to the finals and finished runner-up.

“We haven't been able to close out games.”

The Hawks (6-7 entering the week) were swept during Beech High School Christmas Tournament Dec. 28-30, starting with a 68-53 setback to host Beech Tuesday, Dec. 28.

“It was back and forth, we were down at the half by four and down at the end of the third quarter by five,” Galloway said. “It was a good game, but we couldn't close the deal.”

One day later HVA lost a second-half lead versus Nashville McGavock, falling 80-70.

“The same thing happened against McGavock,” Galloway said. “We were ahead of them early in the fourth quarter, but this kid hit three threes in a row on us and puts them up three.”

Late in the game “they hit their free throws,” the HVA coach added.

Hitting just 7-of-17 free throws against Union City in the final game Thursday, Dec. 30, the Hawks lost a dramatic 58-56 decision where “we missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it,” Galloway said.

“We had them beat until the very end ... we missed some free throws in that game that hurt us,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hardin Valley's Lady Hawks (8-6 entering the week) managed one win in three games at Beech, beating Summertown 54-52 sandwiched between a 49-39 loss to Beech, and a 46-28 setback to Christ Presbyterian Academy in the final game. (More on HVA girls game later in story)

Sherrius Smith, HVA junior guard, scored in double figures in all three boys games: 14 versus Beech; 14 against McGavock and 10 versus Union City.

“I'd say Sherrius played best in the first game; played well defensively and offensively,” Galloway said.

Dwayne Clemons and V.J. Brown each scored 10 against Beech. “Dwayne Clemons did a pretty good job rebounding, he was the leading rebounder in the game,” the HVA coach said.

Zak Carter, freshman wing, scored a team-high 16 versus McGavock, with Tevin Gunn adding 10.

“Tevin rebounded well, and Zak hit some big shots and got some buckets late,” Galloway said.

Gunn, a junior post/wing, led HVA in scoring against Union City, tallying 14.

“Tevin had a good game scoring and rebounding,” Galloway said. “Micah Goss had a good game defensively.”

For Jennifer Galloway’s HVA Lady Hawks, senior guard Lauren Trent scored a team-high 18 points in her team’s close win against Summertown Dec. 29.

“I thought in the Summertown game we had a lot of contributions from our post, scoring-wise, which helped open up the peremiter for Lauren,” Jennifer Galloway said of sophomore Kayla Carey and junior Whitney Moore.

Carey pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds against CPA, a person season high.

Overall for the three games, “We had good spurts, we played some good teams, but we still had times where we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” Jennifer Galloway said.


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