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Hawk Sherrius Smith (1) prepares to fire a driving shot above the outstretched arm and hand of ACHS defender Ethan Hayes.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
It wasn’t about running up the score when witnessing Hardin Valley Academy boy’s basketball applying full-court pressure with a 25-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

It’s just that HVA head coach Keith Galloway wanted to make sure his Hawks, a 93-65 winner against District 3-AAA foe Anderson County, played a full 32 minutes of hard-charging basketball Friday, Jan. 13, at HVA.

“Being able to play as hard as we can from start to finish, and I feel like we really did that tonight,” said Galloway, whose team improv-ed to 6-9 overall, 3-5 in district entering the week. Senior guard Sherrius Smith came off the bench to lead HVA in scoring with 28. Senior post Tevin Gunn had 24.

“I’m not wanting to press, and keep pressing when I’m up a ton, but I’ve found if we don’t do that our intensity drops and the other team makes a run,” Galloway added.

Meanwhile, Hardin Valley’s girls finally adapted to an Anderson County match-up zone defense, which helped spark a 13-1 Lady Mavericks run giving the visitors a 21-15 halftime lead.

The adjustments, along with “a great team effort on the defensive end” according to head coach Jennifer Galloway, allowed the Lady Hawks to score 47 in the second-half and win 62-52.

A team-high 15 points from senior post Whitney Moore led Hardin Valley, which improved to 7-8 overall, 5-3 in district entering the week. “‘Whit’ hit two big threes that helped open it up,” Jennifer Galloway said.

Moore said about the second-half rally, “At halftime, we had a really good talk. Coach said some things that just made us really get mad.”

Other Lady Hawks scorers included Taylor Harris with 11 and Lacy Cantrell 10.

Other scorers for HVA’s boys included Jonathan Franklin and Jalen Carter with 10 each.

While Anderson County’s boys fell to 10-8 overall, 5-4 in district, the ACHS girls remained winless in 3-AAA (0-9).

Kayla Carey nine, Brooklyn Battle seven, Hannah Cornelius six, Caitlin Mann three and Jasmine Langston one point.

Galloway said Harris “did a great job of taking care of the ball late in the game. Lacy had some big buckets for us.”

and Austin Glasgow and Zak Carter six apiece, Michael McKinney and Daniel Linebaugh three apiece, Blaine Shockley two and Charles Braddock one point.

ACHS remained winless in 3-AAA after the loss (0-9).


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