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The Grant County Braves traveled north to Villa Madonna for a showdown on Saturday, Jan. 12.
The Braves came out strong dominating the boards. By the end of the night, the Braves defense would nab 37 rebounds.
Tyler Carr was the high scorer of the game, putting up 21 of Grant County’s 65 points. Carr also added 1o rebounds to his stats.
GCHS Coach Jim Hicks said he was anxious to get back on the court after a disappointing loss to the Owen County Rebels on Jan. 8.
“Even though we kept them to 54 points and the team played hard, we need to shoot the ball better,” Hick said.
“Anytime we lose it is disappointing. We played good defense, but we’ve just got to make shots,” Hicks added.
The Braves spent two days prior to their match up with Villa Madonna working on shooting.
That work paid off as they coasted to a 65-49 victory.
“We played really hard against Villa and had one of our better rebounding games,” Hicks said. “I thought our pressure really bothered them, but we are still missing too many layups.”
The Braves’ record is 13 – 4 so far this season.
“For us to be a young team, this is good,” Hicks said. “We are getting better every day and we need to keep scratching and clawing and by tournament time we should be a hard out.”
The Braves hosted the Williamstown Demons on Monday night during the third Coaches vs. Cancer event of the 2012-2013 season.
Hicks said his team didn’t necessarily prepare for a game against their in-county rivals any different than any other team.
“We are more focused on getting better and to continue to play our system. Then during the game, if we need to make adjustments, then we will,” he said.
The Coaches vs. Cancer games have a special meaning for Hicks, who lost both his parents to cancer.
“I have lost both my dad and my mom to cancer, so they are important to me and it’s even more important to find a cure,” Hicks said.