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Braves look to defend home against Williamstown

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By Matt Birkholtz

With three games this week, the Braves will end the week facing county rival Williamstown Dec. 18 at Grant County High School.

For first-year Grant County coach Jim Hicks, it is a game that can be a key factor for both teams.

“Williamstown can be a dangerous team,” he said. “They have kids that can shoot the ball. Anytime you have people that can score, they’re dangerous.”

Hicks said when it comes to a big county rival game like Grant County and Williamstown, that records do not count when the game is being played.

“Everybody brings their ‘A’ game and emotions to the table,” Hicks said. “The Braves know it is going to be a battle.”

The Braves (1-2) lost a hard fought game to Simon Kenton Dec. 10, losing 66-48. Hicks said the game was much closer than the score and that the effort by his players was more than what the Pioneers gave.

“I felt with all of my heart that we played harder than Simon Kenton,” he said. “The Braves beat them in every category, but what was on the scoreboard.”

Hicks emphasizes that when people attend a Braves basketball game, that they are going to leave with an impression of a quality team.

“The big thing when you watch Grant County play is that you leave there thinking, ‘Wow! That team is a hard working bunch,’” Hicks said.

An area of concern for Hicks is the size of Demons junior center Colton Simpson.

“We don’t have any player over 6’1”,” he said. “The one advantage we have is that we are quick and aggressive.”
Hicks said that when he puts five guards out on the floor,  it can be tough for the opponent to match up with them.

Braves junior forward Trevor Hunt showed a strong presence on the rebounding side of the basketball, nabbing 16 rebounds against the Pioneers.

“Hunt really stepped up,” Hicks said. “I thought he did an outstanding job considering he was five inches shorter than the guy he was defending.”

Hunt is gearing up to play the Demons this weekend, knowing that it is a big game here in the community.

“It’s really fun,” he said. “The game is really competitive. We always like to beat them.”