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Lady Rebels bounce back with win over Trimble County

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By Brian Blair

With tournament time right around the corner, the Lady Rebels are hoping to finish the regular season strong.
The Owen County High School girls basketball team had a chance Friday night to pick up some momentum before their final two games. The opponent was Trimble County, a team which defeated the Lady Rebels the last time they met to deny them the right to advance to the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic championship game.
Owen County would get off to a strong start in Bedford as they jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one quarter. They would continue to play well in the second quarter and would extend the lead to 34-20 at halftime.
The Lady Raiders would attempt to mount a comeback in the second half but it was too little too late.
Despite being outscored 19-11 in the fourth quarter, Owen County would hang on for the 57-47 win.
Hannah Neeley led three Lady Rebels in double figures with 18 points. Madison Reed finished with 12 points while Madison Gamble added 11 points. Courtney Waldrop tossed in nine points while Kennedi Dermon totaled six.
The win was the second of the year over Trimble County.
Owen County knocked off the Lady Raiders 53-41 in Owenton back in December. The win improved the Lady Rebels to 17-7 overall.
While the 17th win came Feb. 8 the seventh loss came Feb. 4 in Georgetown. The team traveled to take on Scott County and dug themselves an early hole they weren’t able to get out of.
The Lady Cardinals raced out to a 41-17 halftime lead and then cruised to a 63-40 win.
Owen County saw only four players score in the game. The Lady Rebels were led by Neeley, who tossed in 23 points; Reed who finished with eight; Waldrop, seven; and Dermon added two.
The Lady Rebels played their final home game of the season Monday night against Anderson County.
Heading into the game, the Lady Bearcats were 25-1 and ranked No. 2 in the state. The game was the final home game in the careers of seniors Madison Gamble, Hannah Neeley, Courtney Waldrop and Julie Spaulding.
The Lady Rebels will close out the regular season Friday night at Grant County. Owen County defeated the Lady Braves 69-37 last season in Owenton.
Not including their Monday night game at Gallatin County, the Lady Braves have dropped five of their last six games.
After the game on Friday night, Owen County will set their sights on the 31st District Tournament at Carroll County.
The Lady Rebels will be looking for their sixth-straight district championship. The tournament gets started Monday night as Henry County takes on Eminence in the opening-round game. The winner will advance to take on the No. 1 seed Gallatin County on Feb. 21.
Owen County is the No. 2 seed and will take on Carroll County also on Feb. 21.
The championship game is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.