3peat: Buzzer beater gives Rebels third-straight district title

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The Owen County High School Rebels got their third-straight 31st District title the old-fashioned way - they earned it.
The last time Owen County faced Henry County High School, the game went to overtime before the final outcome was decided.
It appeared Friday night’s game in Carrollton was headed for the same fate. That is until the Rebels got the final shot.
Facing a double digit fourth-quarter deficit, Henry County scratched and clawed its way all the way back and tied the game with 15 seconds to play.
After a timeout, the Rebels brought the ball down the court where Jarrod Ball let go of a shot with five-seconds left. The ball bounced off the rim and Carson Williams grabbed the rebound.
“I saw Carson get it and I just threw my hands up,” said Ball of his miss. “I knew he had it at that point.”
Indeed he did.
The sophomore made a move and put up a shot that fell through the net as the clock expired.
A jubilant bench and student section stormed the court and the celebration was on.
Before Williams climbed the ladder to cut down his piece of the net, he said the buzzer beater was the first of his career at any level.
After a tight first quarter, Owen County was able to open up a 26-17 lead at halftime. They continued to play well into the third quarter while pushing the advantage at one point to 39-25.
Owen County appeared to have the game in control leading 49-37 with just over six minutes to play in the fourth quarter.That is before Henry County’s Brad West found his shooting touch. The senior scored 14 of his 17 points in the final quarter to spark the Wildcats’ comeback.


Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin Duvall said he wasn’t worried about the game getting out of hand.
Even after Austin Young’s jumper tied the score with 15-seconds left, Duvall said he knew there was still time and he had Williams.
“Carson did what he does. He went and made a play,” Duvall said.
Williams scored 20 points in the game to lead the Rebels. Vince Toftness finished with 12 points; Hunter Trenary, 9; and Jarrod Ball, 8.
All four were named to the all-tournament team.
The win was the third-straight district title for the Rebels.
It was also the second time Owen County has defeated Henry County in the championship game. The Rebels got the best of the Wildcats in 2009 in a game also played on Feb. 28 at Carroll County.
The Wildcats were looking to claim their second district title since 2011.
Owen County earned its way into the finals by knocking off Eminence 68-53 in the semifinals.
The Warriors defeated Carroll County in the opening round.
Williams led Owen County with 29 points and 12 rebounds while Hunter Trenary added 14 points.
The Rebels now set their sights on making a run in the Eighth Region Tournament which begins Thursday at Henry County.
The task will not be an easy one as the Rebels open up play against the defending champion South Oldham High School. The Dragons will come in after dropping the 29th District championship game 74-67 to Oldham County High School, who defeated Owen County 82-70 at home on Feb. 15.
The Dragons are 19-4 while the Rebels are 18-9. The winner will face the winner of the Collins versus Grant County game which will tip at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) in the semifinals. The game will be played on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.
In the other quarterfinal games Thursday night, Shelby County High School will take on Simon Kenton High School while Oldham County will play Henry County.
Williams and the rest of his teammates feel good about their prospects in New Castle.
“I think we have a good shot to make some noise,” Williams said.
His coach agrees with him.
“We’ve been knocking on the door for a quite a while,” Duvall said. “This isn’t the biggest team we’ve had or the most athletic but they have a lot of fight in them.”