Lady Braves improve skills

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The Grant County Lady Braves improved to 7-5 on the season with a convincing 38-19 win over cross-town rival Williamstown in girls’ junior varsity basketball action this week.
Leading by just one, 6-5, after one quarter of play, Grant County dominated the second period and outscored the Lady Demons 15-1 to take control. The Lady Braves never looked back, leading by double digits the rest of the way, including 32-13 with eight minutes remaining.
Grant County’s Tiana Thornberry led all scorers with 12 points, including eight in the decisive second quarter. Madisyn Ruebusch was next for the winners with six points, followed by Bryann Ezzell and Sydney Jones with four each.
Lindsey Kinard and Shelby Harmeyer chipped in three apiece for the Lady Braves, while Destiny Chaidez, Mason McClure and Tyrsten Cummins contributed two each.
Williamstown was paced in scoring by Sammie Souder’s seven points. Shelby Gutman followed with four for the Lady Demons, while Lynzie Cheek, Olivia Souder, Kelsi Jordan and Olivia Harden chipped in two each.

St. Henry 38, Grant Co. 36
St. Henry hit its free throws down the stretch while Grant County missed its opportunities, allowing the host team to come from behind for the win.
The Lady Braves, which were a perfect 8-of-8 from the line in the first 27 minutes of the game, hit just one of five in the final five minutes as St. Henry completed the come-from-behind win.
Destiny Chaidez opened the game on fire and scored eight of her game-high 10 points in the first quarter as the Lady Braves jumped out to an early lead that stood at 14-10 after one quarter.
Leading 18-15 at the half, Grant County was able to hit only two shots in the third quarter, one a 3-pointer by Shania Young, and St. Henry took control and led 23-19 heading into the final quarter.
E.J. Kearns came up big in the final period with a pair of 3-pointers for the Lady Braves, while teammate Madisyn Ruebusch scored five, but it was not enough to overcome the hot-shooting host team down the stretch.
Following Chaidez in the scoring for Grant County was Young with seven points, Kearns with six, and Ruebusch with five.
Lindsey Kinard was next for the Lady Braves with four points, followed by Sydney Jones and Tyrsten Cummins with two each.

Grant Co. 47, Conner 44
Madisyn Ruebusch and Destiny Chaidez combined for 32 points to lead the Lady Braves to the thrilling win over visiting Conner.
Ruebusch led all scorers with 17 points, including six in the first quarter and five each in the second and third periods. Chaidez did most of her damage in the second half, scoring seven in the third period and five in the final quarter to finish with 15 points.
E.J. Kearns was next for the winners with six points, followed by Tiana Thornberry with five, and Shania Young and Bryann Ezell two apiece.
Grant County trailed 15-13 after one quarter and 26-22 at the intermission before outscoring Conner 16-11 in the third period and 9-7 in the fourth to complete the come-from-behind win.