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Grant County remained one of the hottest teams in the 8th Region with a 69-59 win over Carroll County this week, giving the Braves three wins in their last four games and five victories in their last eight.
Grant County, which stood at a disappointing 4-9 overall on Jan. 9, have steadily climbed in the standings since and now own an overall record of 9-11 with six games remaining in the regular season.
Jordan Saylor led the Braves in the win over Carroll County with a game-high 17 points to go with six rebounds. Senior Aaron Hicks was next with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Austin Johnson had a nice all-around game for the Braves with 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, while teammate Seth Adkins gave the Braves four players in double digits with 10 points to go with three assists.
Logan Cummins barely missed double digit scoring for the Braves with eight points. Jordan Rose was next with four points to go with six rebounds and a game-high five assists and three steals.
Austin Schneider and Cody Kellam rounded out the scoring for the victors with two points each. Kellam also had two rebounds for the Braves, while Schneider added one blocked shot.
Grant County was strong out of the gates and led 16-13 after one quarter and 38-28 at the intermission. Carroll County cut the deficit to only five points heading into the final quarter, but the Braves put the game away by outscoring the Panthers 20-15 over the final eight minutes of play.
Grant County is scheduled to take the court again on Feb. 12 at home against Campbell County before hitting the road on Feb. 13 at Conner and Feb. 14 at George Rogers Clark. The Braves will then return home for a pair of games on Feb. 17 against Gallatin County and Feb. 19 versus Owen County
The Braves will close out their regular season on Feb. 20 at Lloyd Memorial before beginning district tournament play the following week.