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Lady Hawks answer KHS run; boys ripped

Answering an opponents’ big second-half scoring run: often a problem for Hardin Valley Academy’s varsity girls’ basketball team this season.

But strong defensive pressure, plus 20 points from senior guard Taylor Harris, turned back a third-quarter run by rival Karns Friday night at KHS.

Turned back in a big way.

Losing most of a 30-15 halftime lead, the Lady Hawks (entering the week 3-5 overall, 2-2 in District 3-AAA), used steals and defensive pressure to turn a 37-32 lead late in the third into an eventual 65-39 victory Dec. 16.

“I feel like we held our own and played together,” said HVA senior point guard Caitlin Mann, who helped fuel a 16-0 run making it 53-32 less than three minutes into the fourth quarter. “We fade sometimes, and that’s where we’ve been struggling. Tonight we pulled together and we had fun, and that’s where it had to happen.”

The win was earned despite only two points from junior post Kayla Carey, one of the team’s top scorers who got into foul trouble in the first period.

HVA girls head coach Jennifer Galloway said Harris “took it upon herself to be our defensive leader and our defensive spark. And because she did that, she was able to have a lot of offensive production as well.

“We were able to attack the basket more with our guards,” Galloway added. “We went to the free throw line more than we have all year.”

Senior post Whitney Moore (11 points) and freshman post Lacy Cantrell (10) took up the post scoring slack, pushing Karns to 1-8, 1-5. Along with a handful of assists, Mann hit a pair of three-point field goals and scored six.

However, “We hung our hats more on defense instead of letting our offense affect how we’re playing,” Galloway added. “We scored nine [baskets] off of our defense … that’s huge, that’s something that we’ve not been able to do as well.”

Meanwhile, HVA’s boys had no answers for Karns’ huge second quarter run in a game where an already giant Beavers halftime lead grew to a 46-point victory.

A slew of second period Hawks turnovers, plus poor shooting, allowed Karns (8-1, 5-1) to score 36 second quarter points turning a 16-16 tie after one period into a 55-27 halftime lead en route to a 102-56 blowout.

The Hawks (3-5, 1-3) were led by 15 points from senior post Tevin Gunn, 13 from sophomore post Jalen Carter and 11 from senior point Jonathan Franklin.

Also a key to Lady Hawks’ success, “Our bench is stepping up and we’re developing some depth,” Galloway said. Brooklyn Battle scored six for HVA, Kelsey Frix four, Jasmine Langston three and two each for Tamia Crockett and Taylor Bishop.

As for the boys’ collapse, HVA head coach Keith Galloway took total responsibility. “When it comes down the game aspect of it, and the mental aspect of it, I’m not doing a very good job of getting them to be disciplined enough and where they need to be,” he said. “We’ve too good to be getting beat by 50.”

Gunn said his Hawks “were hanging with them” after one quarter. “We were very positive and our body language was fine. They started getting on a run, and we sort of let the referees affect our attitude.”

Other HVA scorers were Blaine Shockley eight, Zak Carter six, Austin Glasgow two and Daniel Linebaugh one point.

Six Beavers reached double figures, led by Morgan Everett’s 16 points.


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