Lady Braves fine tune for Simon Kenton

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Grant County Lady Braves will have to make some improvements in time for their regular-season home match up with Simon Kenton Dec. 3, as the team fell to the Lady Rebels 74-36 Nov. 29 at Owen County High School.

“We have to get better in all aspects of the game,” Coach Darrell Guffey said after the game. “We can’t mature them overnight and we just are going to have to work with them on lots of things.”

One of those “things” will be getting the girls in better shape with more conditioning in practice.

“We are going to get into a little bit better shape, going to work on offensive techniques and execution,” Guffey said. “I thought it was a little bit down Monday.”

A disadvantage that the Lady Braves had in the game was the fact they had three players with no varsity experience, including eighth graders Hannah Kitchens, Macy Wright and sophomore Taylor Cummins.

“When you have a lot of kids with no varsity experience, you’re going to have games like this,” Guffey said.

With the match up with Simon Kenton Dec. 3, it will be another big test for Guffey and the Lady Braves.

“Simon is another great basketball team,” he said. “We open our season against two of the top teams in the region. Simon is very guard oriented, with two of the best guards in the region and a returning player of the year from our region. They are a very good basketball team and when the end of February comes, they could be the best team in the region.”

With the game against Simon Kenton kicking off their home schedule, the home court advantage could help some of the new Lady Braves adjust to varsity basketball.

“It may make us nervous at times, but when you are dealing with kids with no experience it is going to take some time to get the girls where we want them to be,” Guffey said.

A bright spot to the evening was the vocal effort by junior forward Morgan McClure. McClure took it upon herself to get the girls into position on offense and defense.

“Morgan plays very hard,” Guffey said. “The woman does everything as hard as she knows she can do out on the floor. She does it everyday in practice and in every game. She is a coach’s dream.”

McClure said that it feels good to know she is looked up to as a leader.

“It was nice seeing the girls get into the positions I was directing them to and knowing they were listening to me,” she said.

McClure sees the same thing as coach Guffey does as far as what the team needs to work on in order to get a victory Dec. 3.

“Simon Kenton likes to run the ball up and down the court,” she said. “From tonight’s game is that we are out of shape and we just need to work on our running in practice to get better in time for Simon Kenton.”

If you plan on going to the home opener, admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. Tip-off of the varsity game is at 7:30 p.m.