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HVA, Bearden ready to hoop it up
Lady Hawks think big; HVA boys experienced

The 2010-11 basketball season was a season of firsts for the Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball team.

The Lady Hawks, in just their fourth year of existence, had a 20-win season (20-11) and claimed their first-ever District 3-AAA tourney championship.

This year, Hardin Valley wants to accomplish even more.

“I think all the seniors have really high expectations,” said senior center Whitney Moore. “We want to exceed what we did last year.”

The Lady Hawks return nine players who saw significant playing time in 2010-11, including junior center Kayla Carey, the district tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Other key returners include Jasmine Langston (junior, forward); Caitlin Mann (junior, guard); Taylor Harris (senior, guard); Kristin Lane (junior, guard); Kelsey Frix (senior, forward) and Hannah Cornelius (junior, guard/forward).

Key newcomers are Brooklyn Battle (freshman, guard); Lacy Cantrell (freshman, guard); Jessie Wade (junior, guard); Tamia Crockett (freshman, forward); Taylor Bishop (freshman, guard) and J’Tia Williamson (sophomore, guard).

HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said, “We’re going to rely on our defense ... We’re going to need some of the younger kids to step up.”

Harris set some lofty goals. “We want to go undefeated at home. We want to win more than 20 games and we want to go further in the region,” she said.

Hardin Valley’s boys are looking for a breakout year after going 9-20 last season.

Every player returns from last season’s squad that ran off six straight victories before going through growing pains.

“These kids are really working hard and learning to handle adversity,” Hawks head coach Keith Galloway said. One of our mottos is ‘No excuses.’”

Senior forward Tevin Gunn has seen the program grow in four years at HVA. “We want to be over .500 this season and we have our eyes on a district title and we know that we’ve lost to all those teams several times,” he said.

Galloway can only hope his boys are inspired by success similar to that enjoyed by Lady Hawks basketball and other HVA sports that have won state, region and district titles.

“That motivates us and makes us work harder,” senior guard Jonathan Franklin said.

HVA has three seniors in Gunn, Franklin and guard Michael McKinney. Juniors include Charles Braddock (center); Kevin Ransom (guard); Jalen Carter (forward); Alexander Gheen (guard) and guard Brad Shiflett. Sophomores are forward Zak Carter and guards Austin Glasgow and Daniel Linebaugh.


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