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Sluggish, snakebit
Lady Hawks rusty after two OT games, win; HVA boys lose on buzzer-beater

Coming off a tough overtime loss at Campbell County late last week, one day after an overtime home win versus Lenoir City, Hardin Valley Academy's girls could be forgiven for a sloppy start Monday night.

But the Lady Hawks hit 20-of-22 free throws, and played a 1-15 team, which was enough to explain a 56-42 win versus struggling Clinton at HVA Jan. 24.

“I don't know if it was having overtime games on Thursday and Friday, or if it was because it was a Monday, but we were sluggish tonight,” Hardin Valley head coach Jennifer Galloway said, as her team trailed 12-7 after one period Monday.

Lauren Trent, senior guard, said despite the overtime games “there's no excuses” for Monday's start. “They came out a lot more aggressive than we were, and we can't let that happen.”

It turned out to be a Hardin Valley split Monday, as the HVA boys lost a heartbreaker — its third consecutive close setback in less than one week.

A buzzer-beating lay-up broke a 58-58 tie after a Hardin Valley turnover with 5.8 seconds left in regulation. (More on the Hawks later in story).

After Monday's win, the HVA girls improved to 13-7 overall, 8-2 in District 3-AAA with a 26-7 second quarter edge.

Trent was the only Lady Hawk in double figures, scoring 10, though seven HVA players scored at least six.

Whitney Moore, junior post, added nine followed by senior post Emily Cornelius and sophomore post Kayla Carey with eight each.

“Emily Cornelius leads the team in rebounds, and she may even be leading our team in steals,” Galloway said. “She's always doing a lot of good stuff that you're not going to notice … in the right spot at the right time.”

Cornelius said her team's defense “has picked up a lot … we're communicated a whole lot better on who we're guarding and how to switch off.”

Jennifer Schilling scored seven, Tiffany Cantrell and Taylor Harris six each and Caitlin Mann two.

The Lady Hawks blew a 12-point lead to begin the fourth quarter at Campbell County Friday, Jan. 21, scoring only two points in the final eight minutes of regulation and losing a key 3-AAA game in overtime 40-37.

In the fourth quarter and OT, “We were playing a little bit on our heels,” Galloway said.

Trent said, “It would have been a huge road victory. But we did not perform in the fourth quarter.” Moore's 11 points led HVA. Cantrell had eight and Carey six.

Beating Lenoir City in overtime 51-42 Thursday, Jan. 20, the Lady Hawks allowed LC 20 first-quarter points before holding the Lady Panthers to only 22 points during the final 28 minutes.

“We made an adjustment in the second quarter,” Galloway said without elaborating.

Harris, sophomore point guard, scored a team-high 16 points — 4-of-4 at the foul line in overtime. “She played well,” Galloway said.

Trent added 12 and Moore nine points. “Whitney played well against Lenoir City,” Galloway said. “Lauren played well.”

Keith Galloway's HVA boys couldn't hold a 57-53 lead with little more than a minute to play versus Clinton, dropping to 6-14, 1-9 in district.

This loss is coupled with a 63-58 setback versus Lenoir City then a 75-73 overtime defeat at Campbell County.

“We just need to get over that hump,” Keith Galloway said.

Zak Carter, freshman post/wing, scored eight points Monday.

“It's real frustrating; we need to learn to put a full game together and play with the same intensity during the whole game,” Carter said. “We go through stretches where we just malfunction and can't run our offense right.”

Tied 58-58 with 39 seconds to go Monday, the Hawks stalled for the final shot.

V.J. Brown, who led HVA with 11 points, cut to the baseline and took a high-post feed from Carter. Driving for a lay-up under the goal, Brown stepped on the baseline with 5.8 seconds left.

After a timeout, Dragon Dee Shannon took the inbounds pass and raced about 70 feet upcourt — splitting two Hawks defenders at midcourt — to sink the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer.

“They got a full-court lay-up; we've got to be ready to help,” Keith Galloway said. “He just ran by us. We were afraid to foul him.”

All eight of Tevin Gunn's points were scored in the second half. Guards Sherrius Smith and Micah Goss also added eight points for HVA, with Jalen Carter scoring six, Dwayne Clemons five and Jonathan Franklin four points.

“I feel like Zak and Tevin played real hard,” Keith Galloway said. “Micah Goss played hard, Sherrius Smith played hard.”

The Hawks rallied from a 20-14 first-quarter deficit to lead 30-24 at halftime.


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