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The Grant County High school girls’ and boys’ basketball teams put on a show for their fans during GCHS’ homecoming.
The girls earned a 43-28 victory over Henry County, while the boys defeated Henry County 66-57 on Feb. 13.
The Lady Braves built a 22-18 lead at halftime and kept adding to their lead to start the third quarter. Behind scores by Shayna Lockard and Amber Cope, Grant County was ahead 30-22 before Morgan McClure added a free throw to make it 31-22 at the end of the third quarter.
Tyanna Workman jumped in the way of a Henry County pass, stealing the ball and scoring on a drive to the basket to make it 33-23 before the Lady Wildcats made it a five point game with a run.
The Lady Braves made their free throws down the stretch, as Cope, Plunkett and Gorby each made a pair of free throws for the final score of 43-28.
“Henry County is a scrappy bunch and they play hard,” coach Darrell Guffey said. “They give teams trouble. But I’m very proud of how we executed late in the game. It was a grind-out game. Our players did a great job of finishing off the game. I think our pressure got to them and wore them down. Holding them to 10 points in the second half shows our defense got to them.”
The boys kept the crowd entertained with their win, building a 21-7 lead after the first quarter. The Braves were lead by Adam Prince, who scored 21 points in the game, but took advantage of open looks by knocking down shots and keeping the Wildcat defense on their heels.
The Braves defensive effort kept the Wildcats at bay, as they forced several steals that led to easy lay-ups on the offensive end.
The two teams played even in the second quarter, keeping the 14-point lead with a score of 32-19 at the half.
Henry County hit a three pointer to start the game, but Prince answered with a shot on the wing. The Wildcats cut into the Braves lead with a run of their own, but Kody Thompson ended the Braves scoring drought with a bucket out of a timeout to make it 36-25.
Prince hit two three pointers, Caleb Kinmon scored in the paint and Thompson had a layup to make it 48-33 before ending the quarter ahead 50-37.
Henry County got within eight points, but never got closer as the Braves won by making their free throws down the stretch for the final score of 66-57.
“We made some shots and when you make shots, everything looks better,” coach Ron Kinmon said. “Our man-to-man defensive intensity was better.”
“Our defense looked excellent and on offense we moved the ball well against their zone,” Prince said. “I felt like I could hit every shot I took and have been working hard in practice on my shooting. If it wasn’t for the passing of my teammates, I couldn’t have done it.”
The boys’ bounced back against Henry County after falling to Pendleton County 63-55 on Feb. 10. On Feb. 14, the Braves traveled to Anderson County, but came away with a close 67-55 loss.
“We played well, but the 12-point margin was the biggest margin we faced all night,” Kinmon said. “I think it shows that when we’re focused and play hard we can compete with anybody in the eighth region. I think we’re starting to find our groove again and settling into our roles. I’m excited to see how things are going to play out down the stretch.”