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Braves look to end offensive woes at home

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Braves will look to rebound after losing the past two games, despite shooting more shots.

“Right now I still like this team,” Braves coach Jim Hicks said. “We are working hard in practice and we are doing good defensively, but statistically we should be winning the games. We are just not shooting the ball well.”

Each of his players are getting an estimated 300 to 400 shots in practice, which should make them better shooters, Hicks said.

“When we made shots against Henry County, we won,” he said. “We went to Owen County and shot 30 more shots than they did and got beat. With Simon Kenton, we took 11 more shots than they did and we got beat. We are doing things right, we are just not making the shots.”

Hicks said he doesn’t want this to become a mental issue for his team.

“In practice the guys are making the shots,” he said. “It seems when we get to game time, they are looking tight and they’ve just got to play basketball. We give them a lot of freedom on the court.”

In order to win these games down the stretch, the offense is going to perform better, especially when they face Bracken County Jan. 27 and Mason County Jan. 29.

Mason County senior Treg Setty is going to be a tough match for Grant County and has already signed a national letter of intent with Division I program Southern Illinois.

“They are a top 20 team and are a very good basketball team,” Hicks said.

With one lone senior for the Braves, this team is a young team and Hicks said it is going to take all nine-varsity players to make the team better.

“We expect all of the kids to be leaders on and off the court,” he said. “We don’t have one guy that is going to explode for 20 points. I tell them we are a very dangerous team because of that.”

Both Bracken County and Mason County have a size advantage on the Braves and Hicks said that his team will have to do the little things to win the game.

To win these next two games, the Braves are going to have to attack the basket by getting reebounds and making sure their defense holds their opponents to one shot attempts, Hicks said.

Tip-off of the Bracken County game will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. For the Mason County game, tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. Admission for both games is $4 for adults and $2 for students.