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Lady Braves defeat Cooper, fall to Walton-Verona

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By Ryan Naus

With a win over Cooper High School, the GCHS Lady Braves showed the ability they have and how well they can play defense.

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The Lady Braves shut down Cooper, coming away with a 44-36 victory on Jan. 16.

“We had a slow first half and couldn’t get things going very well,” coach Darrell Guffey said. “We played a pretty good second half and a really good fourth quarter. We settled down and played better. We had some players step up. Tyanna Workman made some plays and our guards settled in and got better in the second half.”

Grant County cut down on their turnovers, helping them maintain their lead. They also worked the offensive boards, getting second chances that allowed them to keep Cooper from coming back.

“It’s big for us,” Guffey said. “We have to continue to get better at executing in the second half. This is a game that we’ll learn from. Every game, we’re teaching and talking about late game situations. We have got to learn to win close games and this game was good for us. Teams that know and understand how to execute and expect to win have the best chance of winning.”

Guffey has preached defense to his team throughout the season and against Cooper, the defense shut down Cooper.

“Our defense has gotten better,” he said. “We’re playing more players and our bench has gotten better, which allows us to play more girls. As a group, we’re gaining more depth with each game that we play and that enables us to go harder for shorter spurts of time, which is better for us as a team. Our press has gotten better and with that our team has gotten better.”

The Lady Braves followed up their win over Cooper by falling to Walton-Verona 51-33 on Jan. 19.

The Lady Cats built their lead in the second half, extending a 17-12 lead at halftime by forcing turnovers and using their size advantage in the post.

“Walton-Verona has gotten much better since the first time we played them,” Guffey said. “They are a good basketball team. They are big and strong. They handled our pressure well and their defense is good. We couldn’t settle down and execute and run our offense very well. They did a good job of taking us out of what we want to do. We’ve got to get more aggressive and it was a game that our defense kept us in it.”

“It wasn’t really what we expected,” Dawn Plunkett said. “We were kind of hoping that we could come in and get a win, especially since it was on our home floor. We didn’t execute and do what we needed to do, so it didn’t end like we wanted it to. We need to believe in ourselves more. We don’t have confidence in each other or ourselves when it comes to our skills and abilities. We can’t be afraid to take charge of the game. We really work hard in practice and we’re always ready for the games. We need to keep working hard.”

The Lady Braves, who have only two seniors, will keep working to make sure that they get better with each practice and each game.

“We’ve gotten better and improved since the beginning of the season,” Guffey said. “We’re getting better; it’s just that right now we’re not seeing the improvements we would have hoped to see in certain areas. Right now, our skills have got to get better. We’ve got to become a better basketball team all the way around. We’ve got to find ways to get our players into the gym to improve their skills. Skills improve on their own, I think. We’ve got to find ways to get our players in the gym on their own. Basketball is a sport that only playing two hours a day during the season isn’t going to get you much better. They’ve got to have the want and the drive to get better. It’s a game and we’ve got to continue to play and have fun. Our goal is to get better throughout the year and that’s where we’re at.”

“It wasn’t really what we expected,” Dawn Plunkett said. “We were kind of hoping that we could come in and get a win, especially since it was on our home floor. We didn’t execute and do what we needed to do, so it didn’t end like we wanted it to. We need to believe in ourselves more. We don’t have confidence in each other or ourselves when it comes to our skills and abilities. We can’t be afraid to take charge of the game. We really work hard in practice and we’re always ready for the games. We need to keep working hard.”

The Lady Braves, who have only two seniors, will keep working to make sure that they get better with each practice and each game.

“We’ve gotten better and improved since the beginning of the season,” Guffey said. “We’re getting better; it’s just that right now we’re not seeing the improvements we would have hoped to see in certain areas. Right now, our skills have got to get better. We’ve got to become a better basketball team all the way around. We’ve got to find ways to get our players into the gym to improve their skills. Skills improve on their own, I think. We’ve got to find ways to get our players in the gym on their own. Basketball is a sport that only playing two hours a day during the season isn’t going to get you much better. They’ve got to have the want and the drive to get better.”

Against Cooper, Shayna Lockard scored 14 points, Tyanna Workman scored 11 points, Candace Gorby scored seven points, Plunkett and Emily Thomes each scored four points, Brittany Hearn scored two points and Morgan McClure and Billie Hearn scored each scored one point.

Against Walton-Verona, Gorby led the Braves with 10 points, Plunkett scored nine points, Workman and Lockard each scored six points, and Amber Cope scored two points.