MARYVILLE — Hardin Valley Academy’s boys overcame a 14-point deficit in the second quarter at William Blount, but dropped a 65-47 District 4-AAA decision in a roller-coaster ride Thursday night, Jan. 5.
The HVA boys had a sluggish start, falling behind 14-0 and trailing 20-6 by first quarter’s end.
But the Hawks (8-7 overall, 3-2 in 4-AAA) clawed their way back into the contest and had a 26-23 lead late in the second stanza versus the Govs (14-4, 3-1). It was tied 26-26 at halftime.
“We got down big early and we fought back,” HVA head coach Shane Chambers said. “We came back and we had the lead. They hit a 3 to tie it back up at halftime.
The Hawks, who have battled some injuries early on, hung tough throughout the third frame before the Governors opened the fourth quarter with another big run to put things away.
The Hawks had a balanced scoring attack. Aaron Dykes had eight to lead the way. Tanner White added seven while E.J. Caldwell, Tristen Waite and Luke DeFur finished with five each.
Chambers said the loss was a positive for a team.
“We can take a valuable lesson from this. It was good to start 2017 against a good team,” he said. “This was our first game in two weeks and we’ve played a tough schedule.”
“We’ve had some injuries and we’re about to get those guys back. I’m looking forward to having those guys and playing Hardin Valley basketball.”