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Lady Braves get payback victory

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GCHS wins over WHS 54-47

Six weeks after cross-town rival Williamstown celebrated a victory at Grant County High School, the Grant County Lady Braves returned the favor with a 54-47 win over the host Lady Demons on Jan. 30.
And it couldn’t have come at a better time for Grant County, which came into the game riding an eight-game losing streak after suffering defeat in 12 of its last 13 games.

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Jenna Martin’s recovery from a broken arm, which kept her out for nearly all of the first half of the season, was evident in the Lady Brave’s win over Williamstown. The freshman guard turned in her finest performance to date with a game-high 26 points to go with four steals and two assists. It was her four 3-pointers that gave the Lady Braves a spark when they needed it.

Junior guard Macy Wright was also stellar in the victory with 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Lady Braves.
Williamstown jumped on top early when Michaela Kennedy hit a wide-open Sammie Souder for easy back-to-back short jumpers in the lane to put the Lady Demons on top 4-0. Katie Cheek drove the lane for a layup to make it 6-0 on the Lady Demons next offensive possession.
Martin hit a 3-pointer with 5:06 remaining in the first to put Grant County on the board. She added a pair of free throws moments later to pull the Lady Braves within one at 6-5.

But Williamstown would continue to lead until late in the second period when Grant County went on a 9-2 run, fueled by back-to-back baskets by Wright and a three-point play by Martin, to take its first lead of the game.

A 3-pointer by Wright with 32 ticks remaining in the half gave the Lady Braves a 25-23 advantage at the intermission.
The lead changed hands multiple times in the third period and Grant County built its lead to as many as five before Williamstown ended the quarter on a 6-0 run to retake the lead, 35-34, heading into the final quarter. Sammie Souder scored four in the run, while Ashley Marksbury added two.

Grant County scored the first five points of the fourth quarter on a jumper by Wright and a 3-pointer by Martin to go back on top, a lead they would not relinquish. Williamstown would not go away, however, and trailed by just two with 3:12 remaining when Grant County put the game away from the free throw line, hitting nine from the charity stripe over the last 1:42.
Madisyn Ruebusch had a good all-around game for the Lady Braves with six points and six rebounds to go with one blocked shot. E.J. Kearns chipped in four points, three steals and two rebounds.
Kendall Burk scored two points and pulled down five rebounds for the winners, while Destiny Chaidez added two points and two rebounds.
Williamstown’s Sammie Souder had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out. Marksbury, who also fouled out for Williamstown, was next with eight points and three rebounds.
Rachel Montgomery also had eight points to go with five steals for the Lady Demons. Kennedy chipped in six points, followed by Katie Cheek with five points and four steals, and Haley Howe with two points.
Williamstown returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 5 on the road at Holmes and again on Feb. 7 at Simon Kenton before returning home for a Feb. 10 meeting with Villa Madonna.
Grant County, meanwhile, won two more games as the paper went to press, 58-49 over Ludlow, and 61-49 at Spencer County. Those games will be covered in next week’s edition of the Grant County News. The Lady Braves are scheduled to be on the road Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Gallatin County before returning home on Friday, Feb. 7 against Carroll County.