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Late turnovers costly at OR, HVA girls lose 1st 3-AAA game
Wildcats rip Valley boys 70-51

OAK RIDGE — Late turnovers ruined an otherwise strong effort by Hardin Valley Academy’s Girls Basketball team, resulting in the Lady Hawks’ first District 3-AAA loss of the season.

Oak Ridge managed to hang on, 49-47, at ORHS Tuesday night, Jan. 4, dropping Hardin Valley to 4-1 in district, 8-6 overall.

It turned into a Wildcats sweep a bit later when the Oak Ridge boys whipped HVA 70-51 (more later on the boys).

With possession and trailing 48-47 in the game’s closing seconds, the Lady Hawks turned it over and never got its offense past half-court thereafter.

“We played really well, we just had some critical turnovers,” said Hardin Valley head coach Jennifer Galloway, whose team led 19-12 after one quarter, 27-19 at halftime and 40-36 after three quarters.

“For the most part we handled their full-court pressure,” Galloway added. “We did a pretty good job on the boards. We played hard the whole game.”

Kayla Carey, Lady Hawks sophomore post, and Emily Cornelius, senior post, earned Galloway’s praise. Carey led HVA in scoring with 12 followed by Cornelius with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

“Kayla Carey had some very big buckets; she did very well for us underneath,” Galloway said. “Emily played really, really well.”

Other Hardin Valley scorers were Tiffany Cantrell eight, Taylor Harris seven, Lauren Trent five and Jennifer Schilling and Jasmine Langston two points each.

Hardin Valley’s boys (6-8, 1-4 entering the week) saw Oak Ridge zoom ahead 20-8 after one quarter and never look back.

“We didn’t quit, we kept fighting, battling,” HVA head coach Keith Galloway said. “They adjusted to our offense, and we had some trouble, but we were able to get some transition buckets and keep the game respectable.”

Sherrius Smith, junior guard, led HVA in scoring with 10. V.J. Brown added nine points and Tevin Gunn eight.

“V.J. Brown played well, he got some steals,” Keith Galloway said about his senior guard. “He played decent defense on [Lonnie] McClanahan [13 points allowed].”


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