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GCHS' Johnson signs with Spalding University

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By Paul Gable

Sarah Johnson knows what it means to stare adversity in the face.

During her junior year, the Grant County High School girls' basketball player, suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The time away from the court made her stronger and she took full advantage of her final season, leading the Lady Braves in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played.

She averaged 11.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game. As a result of her dedication, Johnson signed to attend Spalding University last week. She becomes the first player Darryl Guffey coached at Grant County High School to sign a college scholarship.

"I definitely wanted this, and I am glad I will have the chance to play at the next level," said Johnson, who was named to the All 32nd District Team.

Johnson's commitment to Spalding came in part due to a trip she went on two years ago.

"I met the coach and tourned the campus and really liked it. I like the coach, he's knowledgeable of the game and I am going down for open gym," Johnson said.

During her senior season, Johnson, who primarily played shooting guard for her career, was moved to the point guard position after Candace Gorbee tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The transition was a smooth one, and Johnson hopes her transition from high school to college will be just as smooth.

"It will be quite a transition. I'm an offense-type person, so I am excited about getting more possessions," Johnson said.

Spalding coach Charlie Just said that Johnson will help fill a void on his team.

"We have not been a great shooting team the past few years, but the addition of Sarah and a few others in this class should improve us tremendously in that area. She not only shoots the ball well, but is a good ballhandler and passer, with an excellent understanding of the game. We are really looking forward to Sarah joining our program," Just said.