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HVA soars, stumbles


Holding Powell without a field goal for almost 13 minutes spanning the second and third quarters, Hardin Valley Academy’s Lady Hawks continue a strong march seeking District 3-AAA’s regular season basketball championship.

With junior post Whitney Moore coming off the bench for 10 second-quarter points, a game-high 14 in all, the Lady Hawks used efficient passing creating several high percentage shots. Senior wing Tiffany Cantrell took advantage of good passing and strong penetration for 10 points.

It ended in a 44-22 rout of the Lady Panthers, leading to a split at HVA Tuesday night, Jan. 18, after the Hardin Valley boys (6-11 overall, 1-7 in district) lost to Powell 57-52 despite a team-high 14 points from sophomore guard Micah Goss.

Lady Hawks head coach Jennifer Galloway, whose team improved to 7-1 in district, 11-6 overall, said of her defense, “I thought we accepted some challenges that we set to really play defense for 32 minutes. We were all on the same page, we didn’t have many defensive breakdowns.”


Offensively, “I thought we did a good job of executing,” Galloway said. “That started with getting to our spots quickly. … Whitney continues to be a good spark for us inside, her and Kayla [Carey] both.”

Moore said, “We just made some really good passes.”

Other Lady Hawks scoring were Jennifer Schilling six, Lauren Trent five, Carey four, Jasmine Langston three and Emily Cornelius two points.

Though not scoring, point guards Taylor Harris and Caitlin Mann contributed with nifty passes setting up easy baskets.

Cantrell, a senior wing, said of HVA’s defense, “Communication-wise, we all knew what to do and where to go. When that happens we get stops.”

Keith Galloway, HVA boys head coach, said his team "played hard, and I was proud of our guys." He added about Goss, "He played really well. He plays hard."

Sherrius Smith scored nine for HVA, followed by Tevin Gunn's eight, and seven each from V.J. Brown and Zak Carter. Geovanny Rivera scored four and Tyler Baker three.

Powell’s girls fell to 10-8, 5-5, while the PHS boys improved to 8-9, 6-4.

 

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