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Defense the story in HVA hoops split

MARYVILLE — Hardin Valley Academy’s varsity girls basketball team held undefeated Heritage to no points during a 6:45 first-half stretch, yet still lost at the end, 48-43.

But for Keith Galloway’s HVA boys, three Jonathan Franklin free throws with no time left in the first quarter — capping Franklin’s 13 points-in-eight-minutes outburst — helped send the Hawks off and running against the host Mountaineers.

Franklin’s free throws broke a 19-19 tie, as Hardin Valley went on a 21-0 run, 18-0 in the second quarter, and led by 27 early in the fourth before winning 85-68 during final day action of Heritage Thanksgiving Classic at HHS Saturday, Nov. 26.

“Communication on defense,” said Franklin, senior guard who scored a team-high 19, about the key to Hardin Valley’s second quarter explosion. “If we can talk on defense as much as we do on offense, we can pretty much play defense on anybody and lock anybody up.”

HVA head coach Keith Galloway said, “We guarded in the second quarter. We played hard on defense, we communicated and boxed out when they shot the ball. … it definitely contributed to us being able to push the ball up the floor. And we hit the shots.”

“It also helped that they didn't shoot as well in the second quarter.”

Individually, “Two of our best defenders come off the bench, Austin Glasgow and Kevin Ransom, those two guys play their tails off,” Galloway said.

“Michael McKinney, he's just a good leader for us. He's a senior, he's primarily a shooter but he does a great job defensively of communicating and helping and making sure everybody’s in the right spots.”

Senior post Tevin Gunn added 18 for HVA, which improved to 2-0, while sophomore post Zak Carter scored 15.

Gunn said Galloway “told us to be patient on offense, and just look for the open gaps. So we did that and we executed and ended up getting a lot of points off of it.”

Glasgow scored seven, Charles Braddock and Alexander Gheen five apiece, Blaine Shockley and Jalen Carter four each, McKinney and Brad Shiflett three apiece and Ransom two.

Jennifer Galloway’s HVA girls (1-1) pushed an 11-9 lead after one quarter to 21-9 midway into the second frame.

Defensively, “We had focus, and we talked a lot,” said senior guard Taylor Harris, who scored nine and largely shut down HHS guard Jordan Johnson.

The Lady Hawks expanded a 21-16 halftime lead to 29-19 with three minutes left in the third.

But thanks to three 3-point field goals by HHS wing Halie Sellers, Heritage (5-0) rallied to tie 37-37 before yet another Sellers three gave the Lady Mountaineers a 45-42 edge with 2:19 to play. Up two, Heritage rebounded an in-and-out missed jumper by HVA with 25 seconds left, leading to three game-clinching HHS free throws in the final seconds.

“The younger players are really stepping up,” said HVA junior post Kayla Carey, who led her team with 12 points. Lacy Cantrell and Brooklyn Battle, both freshmen, each hit clutch shots and scored 10 and five respectively. Post Whitney Moore added four points and point Caitlin Mann, with some nifty assists, scored three.


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