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HVA still looking for 1st wins versus FHS

Tevin Gunn and Whitney Moore are two of six Hardin Valley Academy seniors, boys and girls teams combined, who had never beaten Farragut in a varsity high school basketball game.

Nothing changed Thursday night, Dec. 1, at HVA. “I think I want to beat them just as much as I want to beat Karns,” said Gunn, a post whose team-leading 19 points weren’t enough in a 61-53 Ads win in the teams’ only regular season meeting.

The Hawks (3-2 overall after winning at Anderson County 82-74 Friday, Dec. 2) never recovered from a third quarter where a 24-23 halftime deficit grew to 42-26 behind FHS guard Blake Williams (32 points) and Ads forward Demarcus Martin (four three-point field goals, 14 points). Farragut improved to 3-3.

Despite holding the Lady Admirals scoreless for more than three minutes to start the game, jumping ahead 6-0 early led by junior post Kayla Carey (16 points), turnovers were a killer for Jennifer Galloway’s Lady Hawks (2-3, 1-1). Unbeaten FHS (6-0) rallied to lead 27-17 at halftime and cruised to victory 47-30.

In that bad third quarter for HVA’s boys, “Momentum shifted away from us, and we just couldn’t get it back,” Hawks head coach Keith Galloway said.

“We were a little bit tentative offensively, we weren’t really looking to attack as much as we needed to. We were a little bit iffy about whether they were going to come out man[to-man] or zone.”

As for Williams’ 30 points, Galloway said, “One thing that hurt us was letting him get to the middle sometimes. But we made him work to get his points.”

Hawks’ guard Brad Shiflett scored 11, nine in the second half. “His energy was higher on defense,” Galloway said.

“Michael McKinney played really well on defense,” Galloway added about the senior guard who scored five. Other HVA scorers included Jonathan Franklin with six and Zak Carter five.

As for Hardin Valley’s girls, “Coach said, ‘first two minutes, if you get knocked down on the ground you’re coming out,’ so we came out with a hard attitude, we did not want to get knocked down,” said Moore, a post who scored two. “After those two minutes we thought, ‘OK, we didn’t get knocked to the ground, we’re good,’ so we can back off now. We didn’t have that killer attitude.”

Other HVA scorers were Taylor Harris seven and Hannah Cornelius five.


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