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By Brian Blair
N-H Sports Reporter
The Lady Rebels have gotten used to winning close games. In their last four wins, including the Jan.28 contest, the team had won by an average of just 3.5 points. They needed a game that was not decided in the final minute and they got it.
On Thursday night, Owen County traveled to Carroll County for their final 31st District game of the season. The Lady Rebels were looking to finish the regular season with just one blemish on the district schedule.
Owen County would struggle early but find their rhythm in the second quarter and lead by 15 points at the half. The Lady Rebels would have no trouble from there as they easily won the game 53-33. It was the fifth straight time the Lady Rebels have defeated the Lady Panthers by at least 20 points.
Courtney Waldrop had a big night for Owen County as she booked a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Reed was the only other Lady Rebel in double figures with 10 points.
Hannah Neeley finished with nine points and Madison Gamble had six points. Gamble also pulled down 11 rebounds. Julie Spaulding added five points; Shelby Gambrell had four points; and Kennedi Dermon finished with three.
The 20-point win came on the heels of a narrow one-point victory Jan. 28 in Shelbyville.
Owen County welcomed Collins to Owenton on Jan. 30, 2012. The two teams played a hard fought contest that saw the Lady Rebels coming away with a 45-43 win.
Nearly a year later, the contest would be similar as the two teams played to the final second.
The final statistics might have indicated the Lady Rebels won easily. Owen County shot 50 percent from the field making 19 of 38 shots. They also made four of their seven 3-point attempts. The proficient shooting helped them open up what seemed to be a comfortable lead.
Instead, the Lady Titans fought back and found themselves with a chance to win in closing seconds. When their shot at the buzzer missed, the Lady Rebels had earned a 60-59 road victory. With the victory, Owen County improved to 9-3 in games played away from Owenton.
Neeley led Owen County with 23 points including going four of six from 3-point range. Gambrell added a double-double with 12 points and ten rebounds. Reed also tossed in 10 points. Waldrop finished with seven points, Dermon had six points and Spaulding added two.
The two wins improve Owen County to 16-6 overall on the season. After losing three games in row in the middle of the season, the team has now won six of their last eight games.
Owen County was scheduled to play Oldham County Friday night but the game was canceled due to bad weather and will not be made up.
After playing at Scott County on Monday night, the Lady Rebels have three games left before the 31st District Tournament.
The girls will be at Trimble County on Friday night before hosting Anderson County on Monday. The game will be the final home game of the season.
They will close out the regular season on Feb. 15 at Grant County.