Hatton's 50-15 win over R.A. Hubbard Tuesday night came with some emotions as the girls were playing with heavy hearts.
It was during the day Tuesday that the Lady Hornets received some tough news as star player Josie Harville will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury suffered in their season opener vs. East Lawrence last week.
"Our hearts have been broken," said head coach Chasta Chamness. "We found out today that Josie will miss the rest of the season. The girls are hurt, Jo is hurt and I'm hurting for them."
Harville has been the star and leader of the Hornet's basketball team the last three years. Her loss is a big blow to a team with goals of getting to Birmingham.
"She's one of the hardest working kids I've ever coached," Chamness said. "But the girls are bound and determined that they're going to play to the best of their ability, pick up the slack and play for her."
Their minds were still with their teammate when the game started as the first half was very sluggish.
Hatton led just 9-6 after the first quarter and 18-12 at halftime.
However, they rebounded in the second half to pull away with the 50-15 win. The Hornets were again strong defensively, holding the Lady Chiefs to just three free throws in the second half.
"Honestly I think our heads weren't in the game in the ifirst half," said Chamness. "But we came out in the second and I told them 'girls we just have to go. This is the hand we've been dealt and we just have to play.' They did a great job of that and finished the game like we should."
Kamden Kirk finished the game with 12 points to lead Hatton. Zanyia Williams led Hubbard with 6 points.
It was a rough night for the new look Lady Chiefs under new head coach Gary Martin as they look to replace a lot of departed senior talent.
The Chiefs also lost their star in Alex Orr for part of the game as she went down with an injury. Hopefully she will bounce back as the county as already lost enough talent in girls basketball.
Hatton will be back in action Thursday for their first home game vs. Falkville. R.A. Hubbard will travel to West Morgan Friday.