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Nervous offense brings special HVA girls season to a close

Scoring one point in its first 13 minutes of region play, with nerves contributing greatly to the struggle, can’t undo a successful and groundbreaking Hardin Valley Academy Lady Hawks basketball season.

The Lady Hawks, District 3-AAA Tournament champs, lost its Region 2-AAA Tournament quarterfinal game 33-27 to Maryville at HVA Friday night, Feb. 25.

“You could really tell that we had not been in this situation before,” said Lady Hawks head coach Jennifer Galloway, whose team ends the season 20-11, eight more wins than its first two seasons combined. “I think the girls were nervous, and there were times where we settled down, more so in the second half and hit some shots.”

Without baskets, “We couldn’t get into our press,” Galloway added.

A 15-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough, as senior wing Lauren Trent led HVA in scoring with 11. Jennifer Schilling and Whitney Moore had six each.

A late second-quarter scoring surge, seven points, cut the MHS halftime lead to 13-8 — though Hardin Valley scored just four points in the third quarter.

Galloway said her four seniors — wing Trent, forward Schilling, post Emily Cornelius and wing Tiffany Cantrell — displayed “leadership on and off the floor” who were “consistent for us” and “stuck with what we were trying to do” during the past three seasons.

“Emily Cornelius was very, very instrumental on the boards this year,” Galloway said. “She guarded the best post player, and did a good job with it.

“Jennifer Schilling, especially at the end of the year, was a big spark for us both offensively and defensively,” the coach added about the forward.

“Tiffany Cantrell leads by example. Very hard working, extremely tough. Plays through injuries and sicknesses.”

“Lauren Trent is our leader on the floor. A great three-point shooter.”


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