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Cinderella story, HVA chapter, cut short in 4-AAA q-final

Looking to prove its first-ever post-season win was no fluke, the Hardin Valley Academy Hawks faced No. 3-seeded Anderson County in a District 3-AAA Boys tournament quarterfinal game.

While Hardin Valley started off on the wrong foot offensively, missing its first six attempts from the field, the No. 9-seeded Hawks played solid defense.

Couple that with nine first-half points from the bench and HVA kept the game in check and trailed only by one at halftime.

In the end, however, the Hawks (9-20) missed too many shots in the second half, seeing their third season end Thursday night, Feb. 17, with a 61-50 loss, at Karns High School.

“This [playing in the post-season] is something you really can't describe,” HVA senior guard V.J. Brown said. “Making it to the quarterfinals was not something a lot of people thought would happen, being just a third-year school. But we proved people wrong. I just wish we could have gone a little deeper in the tournament.”

Brown ended the game and his high school career with nine points. Sherrius Smith led the Hawks in scoring for the second game in a row, scoring 13 Thursday. Micah Goss and Michael McKinney each had six.

Hawks' first-round hero, Zak Carter, added five as did Tyler Baker. Jonathan Franklin put in four points and Jalen Carter two.

The Hawks' long-range game was sharp with seven three-point field goals. Where they struggled was in shot selection.

“I thought we played really well on defense in the first half,” Hawks head coach Keith Galloway said. “On offense I think we took some bad shots ... they just were not falling in the second half.”

Tevin Gunn, HVA junior forward, played but did not score. “He got hurt in practice [Feb. 13],” Galloway said.


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