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Aaron Dykes, HVA junior guard, drives on FHS junior Chris Dalton. Some extra free throw practice paid huge dividends for the Hardin Valley Academy boys basketball team last week.

The Hawks (10-7 overall, 5-2 in District 4-AAA starting the week) made 11 of 14 free throws over the final eight minutes, helping lift HVA to a 53-46 District 4-AAA win over Farragut before a boisterous house at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymna-sium Friday night, Jan. 13.

Hardin Valley junior Tanner White said the foul shots sealed a crucial victory.

“All week we were practicing free throws,” said White, who scored all three of his points from the charity stripe in the final frame. “In our last game, we were like 3-of-14 [free throws] or something like that.”

Those key late foul shots helped the Hawks withstand a late surge from FHS, which stood at 6-8, 2-5 starting the week.
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Defense keys Hardin Valley girls’ dominant 4-AAA win at Farragut

Hawk junior Lizzie Davis, right, tries to hold off defensive pressure from Admiral sophomore Sydney Chapman. A stingy defense helped the Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball team notch a key 50-35 District 4-AAA victory over rival Farragut Friday, Jan. 13, at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“I think the key was our defense,” Lady Hawks head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “We didn’t shoot the ball that great tonight, but we tried to control the things that we could control, and that was our stance on defense, our communication on defense and executing our defensive game plan.”

Hardin Valley (13-4 overall, 6-1 in District 4-AAA starting the week) was simply dominant on the defensive end as Farragut could muster only 11 points over the first 16 minutes. While the Lady Hawks battled their share of offensive woes, HVA got a huge boost when Lizzie Davis buried a long-range jumper as time expired in the second quarter for a 21-11 halftime lead.
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