After dropping opener, Rebels run over Demons

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By Brian Blair

It was not the sort of opening night the Rebels were hoping for. But they did bounce back.

Owen County opened the season Nov. 30 against Western Hills. The contest was tight throughout with neither team able to take command of the game. The Wolverines eventually won in overtime, 57-56.

The Rebels were playing somewhat shorthanded as Zach Ripy was battling an illness. The team, however, got a boost from an unexpected source. Junior Cooper Taylor played well, scoring 10 points. Ripy did play and scored seven points but it was obvious that he was not his usual self.

Two players who were expected to play well were juniors Sawyer Williams and Stone Osborne. They lived up to those expectations by leading Owen County in scoring and rebounding. Both ended the night with double-doubles.

Williams finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Osborne tallied 13 points and 11 boards.

The Rebels a chance to win the game at the buzzer.

The chance came at the end of regulation when Taylor found himself with the ball in the paint but couldn’t sink the potential game winner.

Western Hills lost its best chance to win in regulation when they threw the ball away on an in-bounds pass, and the game went into overtime.

 Western Hills edged out the Rebels during overtime, 57-56.

After the game, Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin Duvall said he was pleased with his team’s effort despite the loss.

Jarrod Ball finished the night with seven points.

Collin Trammel had two points while Justin Shelton finished with one point. Shelton also contributed on the glass by pulling down seven rebounds.

Following the close loss, the team hit the road Friday night as they traveled to Williamstown to take on the Demons.

This game would not be close as Owen County dumped the Demons 62-42 to get their first win of the 2010-11 campaign.

Ripy got well Friday night as he led the Rebels with 22 points.

Williams had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Osborne finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Taylor again played well as he contributed with six points and four rebounds.

Ball and Hunter Trenary each had 3 points while James Stone had two points. Shelton finished the night with three points and three rebounds.

Tuesday night, the Rebels opened up their home schedule with a game against Trimble County.

The Rebels will remain in Owenton Thursday night as they open up 31st district play against Carroll County.

The Panthers have won their first two games of this season. They defeated Williamstown by 12 and Trimble County by 5.

The Rebels will then travel to take on Gallatin County next Tuesday night.

The last time the two teams met in Warsaw, the Wildcats won a 58-51 overtime thriller to win the 31st district championship.

Like the Rebels, Gallatin County advanced to the eighth-region semifinals last season.