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Lady Braves prep for Lady Cats

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By Matt Birkholtz

After falling to Simon Kenton late in the game on Jan. 6, the Lady Braves will look to rebound against Henry County Jan. 14 at Grant County High School.

“We were up a point to start the fourth quarter, but we just ran out of gas,” Lady Braves coach Darrell Guffey said.

Guffey feels the Lady Braves measure up with Henry County.

“We match up well with Henry County,” he said. “They are very guard-oriented. Coach Todd Gilley does a great job with them. Defensively, they will throw zone at us and will switch into a man-to-man defense from time to time.”

The game with Henry County is part of a double-header at GCHS as the Braves will also take on Henry County following the Lady Braves game.

For Guffey, the opportunity to play along with the Braves gives his team a real boost in confidence.

“It’s great for the girls’” he said. “It’s great for girls’ basketball. Anytime we can play in front of large crowds, it helps the girls with having a district-like atmosphere to it. That is our goal, to get as much experience in district-like games.”

Not only does Guffey see it as a big occasion for the Lady Braves, but for the Grant County community.

“It’s great for everyone involved,” he said. “We’re excited for it.”

A key player going into the game for the Lady Braves will be post player sophomore Billie Hearn, who is coming off a strong performance against the Lady Pioneers, Jan. 6.

Hearn scored 10 points, snatched 10 rebounds and was nearing a triple-double with eight blocks in the game as well.

“I felt pretty good,” Hearn said about her performance. “I think I did a lot of good things, but I could have done better with shooting my foul shots.”

If you plan to go:
Ticket Prices: $4 Adults,
                    $2 Students
Tipoff: 6 p.m. Lady Braves
Approx. 7:30 p.m. Braves