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Double Dose: Hearn sisters on, off court

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By Matt Birkholtz

Lady Braves sophomore forward Billie Hearn’s hand was trembling as she walked out of the locker room after defeating Lloyd Memorial 50-42 Jan. 29, setting a new career high with 32 points.

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“It felt really good,” she said after game. “We played good as sisters and the team and executed well.”

Following the game, jumped into Hearn the arms of freshman Emmalie Hankinson and greeted everyone that was near the locker room. Her previous career high was 26 points against Williamstown Dec. 17.

Along with her 32 points, sister Brittany Hearn contributed nine points for the Lady Braves, as the two sisters almost single-handedly defeated the Lady Juggernauts with 41 combined points.

The Hearn sisters have been playing varsity basketball together at Grant County for three years.

“She may not believe me, but I really do love her,” Billie said. “I love playing with her, especially when she is on the floor. She is a really good basketball player and I wish she could have gone longer with it, but she didn’t. I will wish her good luck in college.”

As the season winds down, their time on the floor is dwindling and Billie said that it will be hard to not show emotion on senior night.

“The team doesn’t think I am going to cry, but I will,” she said. “I love her a lot.”
Against Lloyd, Brittany kept the Lady Braves in the game early going with five points in the first quarter. Her points helped stage the comeback, especially when Billie and the rest of the team were struggling to make shots.

Lady Braves coach Darrell Guffey said the Hearn sisters are good role models for the younger players.

“They come to practice every day,” he said. “They are one of the first ones here and they work hard. We really pushed them to lead us in different ways and this game they were really big tonight.”

Brittany said that this was her best game she has played in a Grant County uniform.

“Everybody is surprised that Billie and I work really well together because of us being sisters,” she said. “I think overall, it was an amazing game for Billie and I.”

She said that it can be rough sometimes playing with your sister, but that most of the time it has been good.

“Sharing the spotlight with your sister sometimes is hard, but this game was an awesome night for Billie and I,” Brittany said. “It was nice to share the floor with her tonight.”

Guffey agreed with Brittany on being able to share the same position, forward, on the floor.

“Being sisters and playing basketball can be tough,” he said. “Some days that sister rivalry gets in the way and it can get ugly. Sometimes you look for each other too and this game showed that.”

Brittany said she is going to miss basketball and playing with her sister.

“I am really going to miss playing here,” she said. “I’m not ready to leave yet.”

Their parents Tracy and Bill Hearn have attended all of their games this season and with Brittany heading to college next year, it is important to her that they are in attendance.

“I love having them here,” Brittany said.

Tracy agreed with her daughters that it will be hard.

“It probably will be difficult,” she said. “They have been playing together since the third grade.”