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The Grant County Braves went to battle against the Simon Kenton Pioneers on Feb. 22 hoping that their team would be cutting down the nets and taking home the championship trophy in the district tournament.
With only a few seconds left, the Pioneers dashed the Braves’ hope for a district win when a three-point shot went in giving the Pioneers a 67-66 victory.
GCHS Braves Coach Jim Hicks challenged his team before the game began.
“We can sit here and watch the Pioneers celebrate and cut down the net or we can do something about it,” Hicks said.
The Braves entered the game as the number one seed to the Pioneers’ number two seed.
The Braves played with the Pioneers to keep the game close. So close, the game was tied at halftime.
After the break, both teams continued to play even.
Tyler Carr knocked down 37 points to become the high scorer for the Braves. Austin Anglin did his part by stealing and deflecting the ball, and put up nine additional points of his own.
At the end of regulation play, the Braves found themselves again tied and going into overtime.
Unfortunately, the Braves one less starter after Aaron Hicks fouled out in regulation play.
Despite the strong play of the Braves in overtime, the Pioneers’ last second shot sealed their win.