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Hall breaks HVA boys’ hearts; Lady Hawks lose


LENOIR CITY — Twice battling back from double-digit deficits against Lenoir City, Hardin Valley Academy was just seconds from making V. J. Brown’s night one to remember for a long time.

Brown, a senior guard, culminated a night full of steals and key baskets with a running 10-footer for a 70-69 HVA lead and just 11 seconds remaining at LCHS Monday night, Feb. 7.

But the Panthers wasted no time racing downcourt. And their money man broke Hawks hearts from the deep right corner.

Jordan Hall, sharpshooting LCHS wing, nailed a three-point jumper from the right corner with 1.6 seconds to play (scoring 18 for the game) for a dramatic, fast-paced, 72-70 Panthers victory.

Brown’s buzzer-beating shot just inside half-court to win the game for HVA bounced off the front of the rim.

“We battled against a tough team in their home gym ... we hit a big shot, they hit a big shot,” said Hawks head coach Keith Galloway, whose team (8-17, 3-11 in District 3-AAA) had a number of players step up Monday.


“V. J. really played hard,” Galloway added.

Scoring-wise, junior post Tevin Gunn scored a team-leading 16 points, closely followed by Brown’s 15 points.

Gunn said, “I feel like if we had put four quarters together, and played our hardest the whole time, we would have won by 20 points.”

Freshman post/wing Zak Carter added 10 points while sophomore Jalen Carter helped HVA rally from a 10-point first-quarter deficit with six points in a wild-scoring, fast-paced 21-21 tie after eight minutes.

“Jalen Carter stepped up and played well for us tonight,” Galloway said. “Zak always ways gives us quality minutes.”

“Our guys like the fast pace. ... I didn’t feel like they’re an up-tempo team,” Galloway added. “But they’re in good shape.”

Meanwhile, Jennifer Galloway’s Lady Hawks’ fourth-quarter rally fell short in a 54-47 loss despite a team-high 16 points from sophomore post Kayla Carey.

“She was working hard without the ball, and our guards were doing a good job,” Jennifer Galloway said.

The Lady Hawks, looking to finish No. 3 in District 3-AAA (10-4 entering the week), fell to 15-10 overall. (More on HVA girls later in story)

Lenoir City’s boys (15-9, 7-7 in District 4-AAA earning a No. 5 seed for the upcoming tourney), was led by post Tucker Parkerman’s 24 points — 11 in the first quarter.

Brown and Gunn helped Hardin Valley trim a nine-point lead to one, 51-50, after three quarters.

A Tyler Baker three-point basket put HVA up 58-55 with 6:25 to play, then Zak Carter’s three made it 61-55 Hawks at the 5:48 mark of the final quarter.

“Tyler Baker really played well today, and he’s nursing a knee injury,” Galloway said about the senior guard.

But a 10-0 Lenoir City run using rebound baskets, fast-break lay-ups and three-pointers made it 65-61 LCHS with 3:46 to play.

Four points from Zak Carter, then a short driving basket from Jonathan Franklin with 24.7 seconds to play cut the Panther lead to 69-68.

“Jonathan gave us really good minutes ... he had a double-double the other day [at] Clinton, 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals,” Galloway said of Franklin’s effort Monday and in HVA’s 75-61 victory at Clinton Friday, Feb. 4, avenging a buzzer-beating home loss to CHS.

Lenoir City’s Andrew Blosser missed the front end of a one-and-one with 22.4 seconds left, and Zak Carter’s rebound set up Brown’s almost heroics.

Jennifer Galloway’s girls fell short despite Carey and senior guard Lauren Trent three 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we handled their pressure well,” Jennifer Galloway said. “We also did well on the boards, which those are the two things we’ve been focusing on.

“Defensively, we had a few missed rotations in the first half,” she added. “I thought our press worked really well in the second half. If I had it to do over, I would have tried to do that earlier.”

Lenoir City’s crisp passing and deadly outside shooting was highlighted by wing Kara Steil’s game-high 17 points.

Shannon Parks added 10 points for LCHS, improving to 13-11 overall while finishing 7-7 and No. 4 in District 4-AAA.

Emily Cornelius, Lady Hawks senior post, scored six before fouling out with 3:13 to play.

Tiffany Cantrell also scored six for HVA, while Jennifer Schilling had five. Taylor Harris scored three and Whitney Moore two.

 

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