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After going 1-4 during the month of August, the Grant County Lady Braves have put their early-season struggles behind them and are currently one of the hottest teams in Region 8.
Grant County recently put together a three-game win streak and has won or tied five of its last six matches to improve it’s record to 5-5-1 overall and 4-3 against regional foes. The five wins are the fourth most in the region, while the four wins against region rivals is the second most.
The reason for the turnaround, according to first-year head coach Ron Maddox, is the team’s better understanding of the importance of teamwork.
“We’ve really been playing well as a team lately,” he said. “The girls have been working well together. It’s not been about the person, it’s been about the team, and the goals across the board show it.”
After a 1-0 win over Richmond Model, Grant County played Bourbon County to a 2-2 tie. Senior Mollie Pelfrey led the Lady Braves’ offensive charge with two goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Sierra Schmidt made eight saves in the contest.
Grant County then put together it’s best two-game stretch of the season with a 4-1 win over Henry County on the road followed by a 4-0 win over Carroll County in Dry Ridge.
Against Henry County, Pelfrey was once again the leader offensively with two goals and one assist. Teammates Bethany Lawrence, a junior, and Natasha Hornsby, a senior, also chipped in goals for the Lady Braves.
Schmidt had seven saves in goal for the Lady Braves.
Versus Carroll County, freshman Tyrsten Cummins was the offensive star with two goals to lead the way. Fellow freshman Courtney Faehr and senior Emerald Fry also contributed goals in the win.
Schmidt had two saves before Alicia Moreno came on to record one save in relief.
One area of minor concern continues to be the injury situation for Grant County. Every game, multiple Lady Braves’ players are forced to miss with injuries. But Maddox says the team is getting healthier, which is a good thing with roughly three weeks left before the post-season tournaments begin.
“We’ve been battling injuries all year long, so it’s nothing new for us,” he said. “We’ve got one girl out for the season and a couple nagging injuries that wont go away. But we’ve got a deep enough bench that we can work around injuries. So we’ll be fine.”
Grant County was back in action against Walton Verona as of press time, but does not return to action until Sept. 30 when Shelby County visits the Lady Braves at 7:30 p.m..
After that, Grant County will take another full week off before hosting Pendleton County at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7.