Lady Braves celebrate senior night with a win

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By Ryan Naus

The Grant County Lady Braves celebrated their two seniors’ careers with gifts and flowers, recognizing the contributions they have made to the program.


The Lady Braves recognized Candace Gorby and Shayna Lockard, the team’s two seniors.

They followed that up with a resounding 43-18 win over Lloyd Memorial on Feb. 14.

The Lady Braves dominated early, holding a 15-3 lead after the first quarter and 28-9 at the half. In their next two games, Lloyd Memorial scored over 40 points, but the Lady Braves defense shut down their offense.

“Our defensive effort has been really good lately,” coach Darrell Guffey said. “We have to have perfect practices to have perfect games, not to say we’ve been perfect.”

“Candace was a big part of what we tried to do,” Guffey said. “She had 11 points and played really well, running our offense. We had solid guard play and our posts executed well inside, but it started with Candace. It was nice for her to step out on senior night and be the player we think that she is.”

“It was a lot of fun. We started off a little slow, but once we hit our first shot, we built off it,” Gorby said. “We’ve had an up and down season, but these past couple weeks have been the best weeks of the season.”

“It means a lot to win on senior night,” Lockard said. “Everyone wants to win on their senior night. Candace and I wanted to win as big as we could. This is the time of the year everyone wants to be playing good.”

On Feb. 16, the Lady Braves defeated North Oldham 45-41.

“It was a tough game,” Guffey said. “I’m not sure if we would have won that game a month and a half ago, but we kept fighting and believed that we would win. We struggled early, but kicked it into gear and played well late.”

The Lady Braves have won six out of their last seven games, building momentum before they take on Simon Kenton in the district tournament.

“We’re playing pretty well right now,” Guffey said. “The season is a marathon and not a sprint and we’ve got to play our best basketball in February, which is what we’re doing. It’s a fun time of the year right now.”