Lady Braves search for continued improvement

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By Matt Birkholtz

Any loss is a hard loss for a team and for Lady Braves coach Darrell Guffey, the first two games were tough, but it is time to look forward.

Grant County lost to the Lady Pioneers 80-37 Dec. 3 in their first home game of the regular season.

“Simon Kenton took us out of the game early,” Guffey said during practice Dec. 6. “They are a very good basketball teams and one of the top programs in the region. They took control of the tempo of the game and forced us into turnovers and pressured us heavily.”

Guffey said that it is what good basketball teams do, as they found the weakness of Grant County’s game to this point, which is experience, but at the same time coach was able to find positives for his team.

“We did much better in the game with Simon Kenton than we did with Owen County,” he said. “That is our goal here, especially early, is to make sure we play better each and every game. Midway through the season in January and February, we should hopefully be where we want to be.”

With the opening week of the season gone, coach Guffey wants his players to focus on is the game in front of them, as the Lady Braves faced Trimble County Dec. 7 and will get ready for a Gallatin County team that lost to Williamstown 55-46, Dec. 6.

“We are trying to condition our girls into playing three games a week,” Guffey said. “We want the girls to take the first two games and place them in the back of our brain and concentrate on Trimble County and Gallatin County. We can’t change the past, but we can change what happens in the future.”

One bright spot for the Lady Braves and for coach Guffey has been the play of junior guard Erica Stith.

“Stith played a good second half against Simon Kenton,” he said. “Our guards are settling in and played well in the second half and that is what you want with youth and inexperience, is for them to continue improving and getting better.”

Stith is looking forward to getting back into game action and playing Gallatin County Dec. 9.

“We’ve been working on our defense and working on to improve guarding the ball better,” she said. “I think we have a pretty good chance if we play well and hard.”

Editor's Note: The game between Gallatin County and Grant County has been cancelled for tonight. No make up date has been announced.