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Lady Rebels are perfect at 3-0

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Girls jump out of the gate

By Brian Blair

So far, so good for the Owen County High School Lady Rebels.
The team played three games last week and won all three to get the new season off to a good start.
The Lady Rebels opened the new season last Tuesday night on the road against Shelby County.
After the squad struggled from both the field and the free-throw line, Owen County managed to sneak out of Shelbyville with a 45-43 victory. The team shot just under 35 percent from the field and were 8-18 from the free-throw line.
Senior Hannah Neeley led the Lady Rebels with 17 points and six rebounds.
For Neeley, the game would be the start of a very big week.
Courtney Waldrop added 10 points while Shelby Gambrell finished with six; Kennedi Dermon added five; Madison Gamble had four; and newcomer Madison Reed tossed in three points.
On Thursday night, the team opened up the home portion of its schedule against Williamstown.
Owen County would have an easier time of things as they defeated the Lady Demons 77-48.
Neeley had another big night for the Lady Rebels as she tossed in 30 points. She made 12 of 17 shots from the field that included four 3-pointers. Other Owen County scoring included: Waldrop, 14; Reed, 12; Gambrell, 7; Spaulding, 6; Gamble, five; and Ashton Marcum, three.
The Lady Rebels wrapped up a busy week as host to North Bullitt Friday night.
Despite not being able to put the Lady Eagles away on a couple of occasions, Owen County would wind up winning the game 67-57.
After leading 21-14 after one quarter, the Lady Rebels opened up a 31-19 lead with 3:20 left in the first half. North Bullitt closed out the half by outscoring Owen County 11-6 and cutting the deficit to 36-30 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles would keep the pressure on the Lady Rebels in the third quarter and tied the game at 44-44 with 1:20 to play in the quarter.
That’s when Neeley stepped up her game.
The senior scored 8-straight points and gave the Lady Rebels a 52-46 lead heading into the final quarter. Her 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the third quarter put her over 1,000 points for her career.
Neeley said the achievement was important to her.
“It means a lot to be considered among the best players in Owen County,” Neeley said.
She would finish the game with 13 points to gain eighth place on the all-time Owen County scoring list.
North Bullitt would keep things close in the fourth quarter but Owen County would make a couple of clutch baskets and convert its free throws to pick up win number three.
Owen County High School Head Basketball Coach Bob Osborne said he knew it was going to be a competitive contest against a good North Bullitt team.
“That was a good test for us. We needed that,” Osborne said.
While Neeley made history, it was Reed who led Owen County with 24 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds. The junior played last season at Magoffin County where she averaged just over 12 points a game. She and the Lady Hornets won the 15th Region All ‘A’ championship and the overall 15th Region title last season.
Reed said the transition has not always been easy but feels things are beginning to gel.
“(The Lady Rebels) have accepted me and made things a lot easier,” Reed said.
Waldrop also had a big game against the Lady Eagles with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Gamble finished with eight points while Dermon and Gambrell both had three.
The 3-0 start marks the second-straight year the team has begun the season with three-straight victories. Last year, the Lady Rebels started the season 8-0.
Owen County will look to keep the good start rolling as they open up 31st District play Friday night at home against Carroll County.
They will then travel to play at Gallatin County on Tuesday night.