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As the pre-game ceremony began for the Lady Braves seniors Brittany Hearn, Logan Kidwell and Seneca Sullivan, it marked the end of all of the players that were on the team when coach Darrell Guffey came to Grant County in 2006.
For Guffey, it is tough to see them go.
“They are such great girls,” he said. “They are special to us and they will always be in our hearts.”
The Lady Braves hosted Owen County, which defeated Grant County 74-36 in the first game of the season. This time around the game would be closer, even though the same result happened with the team falling to the Lady Rebels 50-33.
For the first three quarters the Lady Braves were able to hang in the game with the number one team in the 8th region with the score at 31-26.
It could have been closer considering the score was 27-26 with under a minute to go and the Lady Rebels hit a three at the buzzer to take a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
“We started to struggle after that,” Guffey said. “I had to take a couple of timeouts and all of a sudden a five-point deficit turned into a 10-point deficit.”
Hearn and Kidwell started their final home game of their careers, while Sullivan had to sit out with an ankle injury.
“It was emotional being my last home game and not being able to play on senior night,” Sullivan said.
Hearn plans to go to Northern Kentucky University and study biology and also aspires to be a coach. She also would like to try to walk on for the Lady Norse.
“If that doesn’t work out I would like to sit on the bench and help out in any way I can,” she said. “I would even be the water girl if they need me to do that.”
Kidwell and Sullivan are heading to Eastern Kentucky University and are currently undecided on what they would like to study.
Sullivan would like to play on some club sports teams, but Kidwell doesn’t plan on playing basketball after this season.
“I just plan on getting my general education classes out of the way,” Kidwell said.
An emotional moment for the girls came when they removed their posters that hung on the wall during the season.
Hearn said she wasn’t expecting to see her younger sister and teammate Billie Hearn cry during the ceremony.
“I was going into the ceremony thinking that everyone was going to be happy,” she said. “When I saw Billie crying, I knew it was going to be different.”
During the announcement of Sullivan and her family, they shared a story about the past with coach Guffey almost getting knocked out by Sullivan.
A season ago during a game with Newport, Guffey was taken by surprise as his wife and assistant coach Sonya Guffey decided to put Sullivan in, Guffey didn’t realize it and her collarbone hit him square on the head.
“I had seen stars for about two minutes,” he said. “I had to take a seat as it almost knocked me out. My wife started to laugh uncontrollably, causing me to send her to the end of the bench to get her away from me.”