HVA girls’ defense rules; boys fall late to E. Hamilton

HARDIN VALLEY — Getting a combined 31 points from its top two post players, plus solid defense, Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball improved to 6-1 after rolling past East Hamilton 52-28 at HVA Thursday, Dec. 1.

Abbey Cornelius, Hawks junior post, scored a game-high 20 points, while senior post Symphony Buxton added 11.

Meanwhile, despite Tristen Waite’s 21 points, the Hawks boys fell to 3-4 entering the week after a fourth-quarter EHHS rally secured a 78-75 Hurricanes win.

During a 26-9 Hawks edge in the second quarter, “Tristen got hot and made a few shots,” Hawks boys head coach Shane Chambers said.

As for the HVA girls, “in the second half we had some spark from Madison Clevenger, getting some big offensive rebounds for us,” head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “Bekah Hampton was able to get some transition layups [eight point total] and so was Paige Gentry.”

Leading by only six, 19-13, at halftime, the Lady Hawks used a 19-6 fourth-quarter edge to seal a blowout victory.

“We played really solid defense,” Galloway said.