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Going into the North Central Kentucky Conference tournament, Grant County’s second grade girls traveling team were looking to avenge their only loss of the regular season and dedicate a championship to the passionate fan and father they lost during the season.
The girls did both as they defeated Walton-Verona 13-7 for the championship. The team dedicated their season to the memory of Jay “Big Daddy” McCoy, who passed away after their second game of the season. McCoy was the father of Kelcie McCoy, a player on the team.
“I told the girls that we’re doing it for Big Daddy and it came out great. I had two pages in the scorebook where Jay wrote ‘Big Daddy’ at the top,” coach Ruth Epperson said. “He was such a booster. It was the hardest when we lost him. He was a great guy and he’ll be missed for a long time by everyone who knew him.”
The girls, who averaged 18 points a game, lost to Walton-Verona 7-6 during the regular season, but avenged their loss with a dominant performance in the championship.
The team is made up of Carrigan Ruber, Macy Middleton, Katie Kinmon, Kelcie McCoy, Alicia Homer, MaKayla Marksberry and Courtney Smith. Each girl brought a different aspect to the team and helped them earn the championship.
“They molded together and played well,” Epperson said. “Macy can anticipate a pass and Katie and Carrigan could steal the ball. They were my defensive stoppers. Carrigan was also my top scorer. Kelcie and Alicia rebounded the ball well. MaKayla put forth a great effort for a tiny girl and Courtney can be a very good player if she stays with the game.”