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Winners of three in a row and seven of their last 10, the Grant County Braves have momentum on their side as they head into post-season play.
And they’ll need it with a first-round matchup against cross-town rival Williamstown on tap in first-round action of the District 32 Tournament scheduled for this week at Walton-Verona High School.
Grant County, which has not been .500 or above since the first week of the season, closed out the regular season strong with wins over Gallatin County (75-53), Walton-Verona (69-68) and Lloyd Memorial to even its record at 13-13.
The Braves are scheduled to take the court against Williamstown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with the winner earning a spot in the district title game as well as the regional tournament.
In the Braves’ regular-season finale against Lloyd Memorial, Grant County jumped on top early and led 13-8 after one quarter and 30-17 at the half. Lloyd Memorial did win the scoring battle in both the third and fourth quarters, but it was too little, too late as the Braves prevailed.
Senior Aaron Hicks led Grant County to the win with 19 points and eight rebounds. He also hit a game-high four 3-pointers in the contest.
Jordan Rose was next for the winners with nine points, followed by Seth Adkins with eight points and three assists. Jordan Saylor had a strong all-around game with seven points, eight rebounds and one blocked shot.
Austin Schneider added four points to the Braves’ total. D.J. Bennett, Luke O’Nan, Cameron Burk and Logan Cummins all contributed two points each for the Braves, while Cole Barnes rounded out the scoring with one.
Grant County 69,
Three Braves scored in double digits, but it was a pair of free throws by Seth Adkins with only seconds left in overtime that was the difference in the game.
Aaron Hicks, who hit a key 3-pointer in the extra period, led all scorers with 18 points. Jordan Saylor was next with 14, followed by Logan Cummins with 13.
Adkins finished with seven for the winners, while Jordan Rose and Austin Johnson added six each. Cody Kellam followed with two points and Luke O’Nan one to round out the Braves’ scoring.
The Braves hit 11 3-pointers in the game. Hicks had four, while Cummins and Saylor hit three each. Kellam added one.
Walton-Verona outscored Grant County 16-11 in the first quarter and continued to lead by five, 27-22, at the half. The lead was up to eight after three periods of play before Grant turned it on in the final period to tie the game and force overtime.
Grant Co. 75,
Gallatin Co. 53
The Braves jumped on top early and led 19-10 after one quarter and 40-27 at the half. The Braves sealed the victory by winning the scoring battle in each of the last two quarters as well.
Austin Johnson led the Braves’ offensive attack with 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. He was followed by Logan Cummins with 14 points.
Aaron Hicks was next with nine point and seven rebounds, followed by Luke O’Nan and Seth Adkins with eight points each.
Austin Schneider had a solid all-around game with six points and seven rebounds. Jordan Saylor had a similar performance with six points, three rebounds and two assists.
Cody Kellam was next for the winners with three points, followed by Jordan Rose and Cole Barnes with two each.
Six players combined to hit eight 3-pointers for the Braves. Cummins and Saylor hit two long distance shots each, while Hicks, Johnson, Kellam and O’Nan connected on one each.