Lady Braves look to build team unity on hardwood during summer

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By Paul Gable

At this time a year ago, Darrell Guffey was getting his feet wet as Grant County High School's girls' basketball coach, having accepted the job just prior to entering the summer months.

A year later, Guffey is again getting his feet wet during the summer, as his team features a different look following the graduation of starters Salena McIntosh, Sarah Johnson and Bethany Hopperton, along with the loss of junior guard Candace Gorby to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Despite the losses, Guffey said he has been pleased with how the Lady Braves have looked on the hardwood this month, participating in several games.

"Things are going good. I believe we are playing 16 straight days, and it will be good for our team. Last year, we didn't do as much, and this year, we are getting close to 30 players playing time," said Guffey, who guided the Lady Braves to a 9-18 record last year.

At a recent tournament at Ludlow, Grant County had 12 players participating, seven of which did not play for Guffey last season.

"I am not worried about wins and loses, but rather where kids can play. It's always fun to experiment with new talent and see how good they can be," Guffey said.

Guffey said both Shayna Lockard and Ty Workman have played well, along with Dawn Plunkett.

"We are not as experienced or as senior laden as we were last year," Guffey said.