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Owen County knew the task would be tough.
After losing in the 31st District championship game to Gallatin County, the Lady Rebels drew Simon Kenton in the quarterfinal round of the Eighth Region Tournament at North Oldham.
The Lady Pioneers entered the contest with 26 wins after soundly defeating Grant County to win the 32nd District title.
The two teams were no strangers to meeting in the quarterfinals. Simon Kenton had beaten Owen County twice while the Lady Rebels got the best of the Lady Pioneers two years ago.
But in this instance, the night would belong to Simon Kenton.
The Lady Pioneers jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as they advanced to the semifinals with a 51-31 victory.
Constant pressure on both ends of the floor allowed Simon Kenton to extend a 6-point lead after one quarter to 28-14 at the half.
Junior Abby Owings made a trio of first half 3-pointers to pace the Lady Pioneers. Her third trey pushed the lead to 24-9 in the second quarter.
While Simon Kenton was making shots, Owen County struggled to put the ball in the basket. The result was a 28-14 lead by the Lady Pioneers at the half.
Owen County had an opportunity early in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.
After a Kennedi Dermon 3-pointer cut the lead to 43-29, the Lady Rebels had two more trips down the floor to cut into the lead. They were unable to convert and would only score two more points the rest of the game.
In her final game, Hannah Neeley led Owen County with 10 points. Madison Reed and Dermon each added six points while Madison Gamble tossed in five. Courtney Waldrop finished with four points.
Christina Cook led the way for Simon Kenton with 20 while Owings added another 3-pointer in the second half to finish with 12 points.
The game would be the last time seniors Neeley, Gamble, Waldrop and Julie Spaulding will ever suit up for the Lady Rebels.
Owen County High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Bob Osborne said the quartet have accomplished a great deal.
“They have been a part of 72 wins and three district titles,” Osborne said.
Osborne said the seniors are a hard-working group of young ladies who will be missed.
“They have been a dedicated group of girls that really care about the Lady Rebels’ program,” Osborne said.
The loss marks the first time in three years the Lady Rebels have not reached the semifinals of the Eighth Region Tournament.
Owen County finishes the season 18-11.