Ladies looking ahead

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Lady Rebels hope to peak at the right time

By Brian Blair

It seems to all be coming together.
The Owen County Lady Rebels kept right on rolling last week as they defeated two more opponents. In fact, they made it look easy.
The Lady Rebels started last week against Walton-Verona. The Lady Bearcats came into Owenton fresh off an appearance in the All “A” State Tournament where they lost in the first round, 55-54, to Danville.
While the snow was falling outside making roads slick enough to close school the next day, it was the Lady Rebels who made the Lady Bearcats appear to be playing on ice. Owen County jumped out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter and was never tested as they cruised to a 63-38 win over their Eighth Region rival.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak to Walton-Verona, dating back to 2009. Until Monday night, the last time the Lady Rebels had defeated the Lady Bearcats was Jan. 22, 2009, when Owen County won on the road, 51-47.
Hannah Neeley led Owen County with 21 points. Rianna Gayheart added 15 points, five assists and six steals. Christina Johnson had a good night shooting as she scored 11 points and Courtney Waldrop added eight points. Mariah Fitzgerald and Samantha Toole each tossed in four points.
About the only anxious moment for Owen County fans came in the fourth quarter when Gayheart when down with an injury. Fortunately, the injury to her ankle was nothing serious, and she was back on the floor Friday night against Trimble County High School in Bedford.  
The Lady Rebels continued their solid play as they knocked off the Lady Raiders, 61-42, for their sixth straight victory and their eighth win in their last 10 games. Owen County led 33-22 at the half before pulling away over the final two quarters.
Waldrop had a big night for the Lady Rebels as she led the team in scoring with 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Gayheart added 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Neeley tossed in 12 points while Fitzgerald had six points. Toole had four points. Madison Gamble and Kennedi Dermon had two points while Julie Spaulding had one point. Johnson contributed with five assists, and two rebounds.
The victory over Trimble County improved Owen County to 19-4 on the season. The 19 wins are the most for a Lady Rebels’ team since 2008-2009 when the team went 19-8. The Lady Rebels also went 19-10 during the 2007-2008 season.
The team hosted Anderson County Monday night and fell 36 -54.
The Lady Rebels travel to Grant County Friday night.
The team has picked a good time to be playing its best basketball of the year. The 31st District Tournament gets under way next week at Henry County. The Lady Rebels begin the tournament at 6 next Tuesday night against Henry County. The second game will feature Carroll County taking on Gallatin County. The winners play at 7 Friday night for the district title. The Lady Rebels are in search of their fourth straight championship.