HARDIN VALLEY — Hardin Valley Academy’s second-string set the tone early, erasing a 10-2 Bearden lead while sparking a momentum shift that allowed the Hawks to take charge of this District 4-AAA showdown.
Junior Tristen Waite’s 19 points, highlighted by five three-point field goals, led the offense.
But Ques Glover, BHS sophomore guard who ended with 35 points, and his Bulldogs had other ideas. Bearden’s late fourth-quarter rally took things down to a game-winning shot attempt in the closing seconds.
But BHS came up empty, despite two tries in its last possession, and the Hawks survived 64-63 at HVA Friday, Dec. 16.
Hardin Valley improved to 6-5 overall, 3-1 in district, while Bearden, minus the services of sophomore starter Trent Steph-ney [concussion], fell to 5-5, 3-1.
Hawks second-stringers E.J. Caldwell, Gavin Eidemiller, Andy White, Anders Cook and Tanner White “went on a little run of their own [9-0],” HVA head coach Shane Chambers said about the early momentum shift. “... I’m just proud of the team and withstanding the big Bearden run.”
“We were really proud of the comeback,” BHS head coach Jeremy Parrott said.
Other Hardin Valley scorers were David Henson with 10, Cook eight, Hunter Huff six, Eidemiller and Tanner White with five each, Andy White four, Aaron Dykes three and Jordan Ewing and Caldwell two each.
Glover “has really stepped it up over the last couple of games in Trent’s absence. ... made several shots during the rally,” Parrott said. “Dakota McGowan had two or three steals during that [late] rally. ... Dakota’s stepped in and has been a presence defensively and helped run the team at the other guard spot.”
Bearden’s other scorers included Roman Robinson and Shamarcus Brown with six each and Drew Pember five.