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It was not how the Lady Braves wanted to welcome in the new year as they fell to Gallatin County 59-47 Jan. 6 at Grant County High School.
For coach Darrell Guffey the loss was a tough one, but he saw a good opponent in the Lady Wildcats.
“Gallatin County is a tough team,” he said. “They can do so many things to beat you. It makes it tough to win when you play a team like Gallatin County.”
The Lady Braves (3-9) had a balanced scoring attack with sophomore center Billie Hearn leading the way with 14 points, junior forwards Paige Elliot and Morgan McClure with nine points each, eighth grade guard Macy Wright with seven and eighth grade guard Hannah Kitchens with six points.
“One of the first things I talked about at the beginning of the year was teamwork,” Guffey said. “”The girls have to rely on each other and become closer as a team.”
What really affected the Lady Braves was turnovers and giving the Lady Wildcats easy opportunities for points.
“We executed a lot tonight,” Hearn said after the game. “Our issue was turning the ball over and not being patient.”
Guffey is impressed by the play he has gotten from Kitchens and Wright and believes that will lead to good things in the future.
“Our two eighth graders definitely have a lot of talent,” he said. “Hannah is lightning in a bottle. She can get from here to there as quick as any kid on the floor. She is one that is explosive offensively, but she is still needing to improve on her defense.”
Kitchens is excited to be playing at the varsity level already and she can tell the difference between playing in middle school and high school.
“It is a lot different,” she said. “It’s a lot harder for me because in eighth grade I was top dog and now it is like I am a little kid playing with high school girls.”
Guffey is noticing improvement for Wright, who has just come back after sitting out with a wrist injury.
“Macy is getting better and improving every game,” he said. “Her wrist has gotten better and you can tell her game is gradually getting better.”