Despite rally, Lady Hawks short

Madie Crawley, HVA guard, looks to pass against a Central defender during this Friday, Jan. 3, game at HVA.
HARDIN VALLEY — Trailing 35-13 late in the first half, Jennifer Galloway’s Hardin Valley Acadmey girls steadily cut into that sizeable Knoxville Central lead.

HVA trimmed the Lady Bobcats’ advantage to four, 53-49, on a three-point basket by HVA junior post Evelyn Hess with 28 seconds left in regulation. But a CHS offensive rebound following two missed free throws prevented the Lady Hawks from having a real shot to win late at HVA Friday, Jan. 3 — losing 55-49.

“Playing as hard as they could and giving a lot of second effort offensively and defensively, that is what got us back into the ballgame,” coach Galloway said.

Kate Bass, senior guard, led HVA in scoring with 16 points. Avery Laugherty, sophomore guard, tossed in 13 while Tori Adams, senior guard, added 10. Hess scored eight, Emma Boekweg had two and Allie Sexton one point.

Scoring all but two of Central’s points were post Mackenzie Babb, a game-high 21, and Morgan Babb and Ashton Blair with 16 each.