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The Owen County High School Rebels finally played two games last week that did not require them to ride a bus.
After playing their first four games on the road, the team played their first two home games of the season against a pair of 31st District rivals.
The Rebels began the week by welcoming Gallatin County High School to Owenton. The Wildcats were looking for their first district win after falling to Henry County High School.
Owen County led 11-8 after the first quarter but began to pull away in the second. The Rebels played solid defense and were able to extend the advantage to 26-15 at halftime.
The second half would be more of the same. In the end, Owen County would claim the 60-44 victory.
Carson Williams led the Rebels with 21 points and 11 rebounds. He also added four assists.
For Williams, it was his first game after being named NCKC Player of the Week. In the three games before the Dec. 17 contest, against Trimble County, Carroll County and Mercer County, Williams averaged 31 points and 15 rebounds and connected on 72 percent of his shots from the field.
Jarrod Ball added 18 points and six rebounds while dishing out six assists. Hunter Trenary contributed to the cause with 14 points and four rebounds.
On Friday night, the team entertained Henry County High School. The Wildcats came into town sporting a perfect 6-0 record overall and were 3-0 in district play. The game was definitely entertaining.
Owen County led 9-2 early in the game before Henry County rallied to cut the deficit to 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats would eventually take a 15-13 lead in the second quarter.
The Rebels however would score the final 6 points of the third quarter to take a 19-15 lead into the halftime break.
Hunter Trenary did most of the damage for the Rebels has he scored five straight to close out the half.
The second half began the same way the first ended with Hunter Trenary scoring six more quick points to extend the Owen County lead to 25-15.
From there, it was the Rebels defense that took over as they held the Wildcats to just three third-quarter points in opening up a 40-18 advantage.
Things would get testy in the fourth quarter. Emotions ran high as midway through the period coaches and officials had to break up a scrum near half court after a wrestling match ensued as players went after a loose ball.
Cooler heads would eventually prevail as the Rebels rolled to the 57-40 win.
Williams led all scorers with 20 points while Hunter Trenary tossed in 14 points. Nolan Tackett finished with 9 points; Tucker Trenary, 6; Ball, 5; Trevor Lykins, 2; and Bradley Duvall added 1 point.
The win improved Owen County to 5-1 overall and more importantly to 3-0 in district play. A fact not lost on the Rebels.
“We are very pleased,” Hunter Trenary said following the win. “We are in the position we wanted to be in heading into Christmas.”
Owen County High School Head Basketball Coach Devin Duvall knows how important the last three games have been for his team.
“It’s a good start,” Duvall said.
Following Christmas, the Rebels will need more than a bus to get to their next contests. They will need an airplane as they travel to Orlando, Fla. to take part in the KSA Events Holiday Tournament. The team will open up play on Friday against Griswold High School from Connecticut.
Duvall said the team is excited about the upcoming trip.
“We’ve got some kids who have never been on a trip like this - kids who have never been on an airplane before,” Duvall said.
The coach said the trip is also about giving his players some life experiences and rewarding them for their hard work.
Duvall said he appreciates the commitment from their parents and the community who helped make the trip possible through fund raising.