Long layoff blues for HVA boys, young Lady Hawks vs. Maryville

Still getting adjusted after a long COVID-19 layoff, Hardin Valley Academy’s boys put up a good fight for one half against perennial District 4-AAA power Maryville.

But MHS pulled away in the second half and won 70-47 Friday night, Jan. 8, at HVA.

Until last week, “We hadn’t played since Dec. 1,” said HVA head coach Shane Wells, whose team fell to 2-3 overall, 1-2 in district. MHS improved to 10-4, 4-1.

Dale Henley, junior post, led the Hawks in points with 15.

Ty Gentry added nine for HVA, followed by Julian McCoy with eight, Jaelyn Pannell six, Jake Hubbard five and Tanner Grantham and Hudson Stokes with two apiece.

Lady Hawks

Still winless after a 59-26 loss Maryville Friday, HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway did point out “nice play out of our freshman point guard Gracie Waite.” Waite scored seven.

Avery Laugherty, junior guard, led the Lady Hawks in scoring with nine. Lexi Hall added five, Evelyn Hess three and Faith Johnson two points.