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The Grant County Braves showed up ready for district play against the Walton Verona Bearcats on Jan. 5.

“We knew this game was going to be a battle and being a district game we needed to put up a win,” said Braves Coach Jim Hicks.
Despite the Bearcats’ good defensive and offensive  from the first ball drop until the end of regulation play, the Braves fought hard and brought home a 66-54 win.

The Braves were led by Tyler Carr with 17 points. The rest of the Braves contributed 49 points.
“We got off to a slow start against Walton but as the game went on we got better. Anytime you go on the road and get a district win, it is tough,” Hicks said.

During the holiday tournaments, the Braves were 5 - 2, losing one game in the McCreary County Tournament and one game in the Shirley Kearns Invitational in Richmond.

“We are still working hard every day and we still have a lot of room for improvement but I am real proud of the team and the success that we are having,” Hicks said.

Tyler Carr scored his 1,000th point last week.
“Tyler leads by example. he is a very hard worker in practice,” Hicks said.
Looking ahead the Braves traveled to Owen County on Jan. 8 to face the Rebels, followed by a game at Villa Madonna on Jan. 12 and the second matchup with Williamstown on Jan. 14 at WHS.

“We have to continue to get better defensively. I think we could be a really good defensive team but we just have to keep working and improving daily in practice,” Hicks said.