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After a week of planes, hotels and Walt Disney World, the Owen County Rebels returned home from Florida Thursday.
After making it through security and a bumpy flight, the Rebels played three games while in Orlando and went 2-1.
In the first game, they defeated a team from Ranney, N.J., 81-17. They then squeaked past a team from Ambridge, Penn., 51-50, before finally losing to a squad from Westtown, Penn., 63-35.
When they were not playing games, the team enjoyed time at Disneyworld and Universal Studios.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip,” senior Kyle Kelly said.
“It was fun,” Blake Lewis, a senior, said. “It was something we worked for all summer,”
Lewis also talked about going through security at the airport.
“I am not used to being checked by a metal detector,” Lewis said. “It was tight.”
The team returned home Thursday evening and had a light practice Friday before welcoming Carroll County to Owenton Saturday night.
The Panthers were looking to avenge a loss earlier in the season in Carrollton, 67-64. The Rebels were hoping to push their record in the 31st District to 3-1.
Carroll County was also coming into the game after a busy week of travel. They too headed to Florida over the break and rode a bus for 17 hours back home Thursday.
The pace of the game was set early by the Panthers.
They maintained a patient offensive attack. The Rebels looked to get the ball into the paint early and often.
Both teams had some success. Owen County was able to get the ball to Sawyer Williams who had 13 first-half points. When the halftime buzzer sounded, however, Carroll County had to feel good about where they were – only trailing 20-16.
The second half was much of the same as the Panthers were able to remain close.
Stone Osborne’s bucket late in the third quarter gave the Rebels a 30-24 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, Carroll County was able to cut the lead to 30-29 with five minutes left. A Jordan Shelton lay-up extended the lead to 32-29. The Panthers had a chance to tie the game with just over two minutes to play but a 3-pointer was no good and the Rebels came down with the rebound.
Carroll County’s Andy Sisenstein made one of two free throws with 1:30 left to cut the lead to 32-30 before Shelton made four straight from the charity stripe to put the Rebels up 36-30 with less than 30 seconds remaining.
The Panthers cut the lead in half just seconds later when Will Yager buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to make the score 36-33. That would be as close as the Panthers would get as Michael Colligan scored and was fouled with 11 seconds to play. His free throw gave Owen County its final margin of victory at 39-33.
Williams’ 13 first-half points led the team. Osborne finished the night with 10 points while Shelton tossed in eight points while pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking three shots. Colligan scored four points while Kelly had three and Zach Ripy added one point. Lewis had four steals.
The Rebels have a big week of 31st District games ahead of them. They will be at Gallatin County tonight before traveling to Henry County Friday night. Game time tonight is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will tip at 6 p.m. Friday night.
The Rebels defeated Gallatin County in December before falling to Henry County.
Owen County will host Grant County next Tuesday night. The game will be a rematch of last year’s first-round game of the 8th Region Tournament. That night the Rebels defeated the Braves 57-56 in overtime.