HVA girls pull away vs. L-Ads

HARDIN VALLEY — Hardin Valley Academy’s girls basketball head coach Jennifer Galloway couldn’t have been happier, as her District 4-AAA-leading Lady Hawks put up a stellar effort against rival Farragut.

“I was really proud of our effort on defense,” Galloway said after the Lady Hawks defeated the Lady Admirals 42-26 at HVA Tuesday evening, Jan. 30.

While sweeping the season series versus FHS, Hardin Valley picks up it 20th win of the season.

The Lady Hawks (20-4 overall, 11-2 in 4-AAA) kept the Lady Admirals’ normally potent offensive attack in check all night, limiting junior sharpshooter Morgan Carbaugh to just four points.

“We had Lizzie [Davis] and Ki [Inman] on her pretty much all night and they did a great job on her,” Galloway said. “Carbaugh is a great player and she’s very explosive and she shoots the three well.

“Farragut sets a lot of screens, so everybody was on her at some point tonight,” she added.

The Lady Admirals (11-12, 6-7) are normally one of the area’s top outside shooting teams.

But FHS made just one shot from beyond the 3-point arc against the Lady Hawks, and that came from sophomore Madison Hodge with 7:05 remaining in the game to pull Farragut to within 34-22.

“I’m really proud of our program tonight,” Galloway said. “It’s great to get out of here with a win.”

Abbey Cornelius and Paige Gentry each scored 13 points to lead the Lady Hawks.

“I don’t think we showed up tonight like we should have, and rebounding really hurt us at times,” said Brooke Christian, Farragut junior wing who led her team with nine points.

“But I’m looking forward to the rest of our district season.”

Claire Wyatt scored six for the Lady Ads. Hodge added five points while Sydney Chapman had two.

Hardin Valley won’t have long to celebrate — a 4-AAA road date with Bearden looms Friday, Feb. 2.

Farragut, meanwhile, returns home Friday to face Knox West.