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Watching his team miss easy shot after easy shot, Grant County Coach Shawn West suffered his own personal ‘nightmare before Christmas’ in the Lady Braves’ most recent game on Dec. 20 at North Oldham.
Grant County missed a total of 19 layups in the 54-53 overtime loss.
“It was a coach’s dream to get the shots we got, but we didn’t finish when we got them,” West said.
Grant County has been out of sync for several games now after losing starting guard Jenna Martin. The freshman was one of the top returning players for the Lady Braves and was off to a good start when she broke her wrist. She’s expected to miss another two to three weeks, minimum.
Grant County had its chances against North Oldham and even held the lead during crucial parts of the game, but the Lady Braves were never able to put the host team away when given the opportunity, said West.
“We didnt finish our shots which allowed North Oldham to hang around too long and they ended up winning,” he said.
Grant County got a team-high 19 points from Macy Wright. Karlyn McCoy had one of her better games of the season with 13 points. Shelby Harmeyer and Destiny Chidez hit for five points each for the Lady Braves, followed by Madisyn Ruebusch with four, Tyrsten Cummins and E.J. Kearns with three each and Jordan Allen with two.
Things won’t get any easier for the Lady Braves with the First National Bank Holiday Bash at South Warren up next on the schedule before some important district games in early January.
The key to righting the ship starts with continued hard work, said West.
“We’ve just got to keep working hard,” he said. “And mentally, we’ve got to get tougher. Our mental preparation has to be strong.”
Grant Co. 45, Owen Co. 34
Grant County held the visitors to just four points in the third quarter to take the lead and never looked back. But the team was still not nearly as sharp or as effective as Coach Shawn West would like to see.
“We played well enough to get a win,” said West. “We played best in the second and fourth quarters, but its what we did defensively in the third quarter that got us the win.”
The Lady Braves were led in scoring by Macy Wright and Shelby Harmeyer with 10 points each, followed closely by E.J. Kearns who had nine points.
Karlyn McCoy was also solid for the Lady Braves with six points, followed by Jordan Allan with four and Lindsey Kinard, Destiny Chidez and Madisyn Ruebusch with two each.