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The Owen County Lady Rebels may not want to go back to Carroll County for a while.
For the second time in 12 days, the team headed to Carrollton to square off against their district foes.
During their last meeting Dec. 23, the Lady Panthers pulled away late to get a 46-39 win in the championship game of the North American Stainless Classic.
Saturday, the home team raced out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in picking up the 51-38 win.
The Lady Rebels had a hard time hanging on to the basketball as they committed 18 turnovers to just one assist in the game. When they did manage to get off shots, they did not go in as they converted just one field goal in the entire first half.
The Lady Panthers led 25-7 midway through the second quarter. Rianna Gayheart’s free throws made it 25-9 before Jensen Wainscott connected on a jumper from the free-throw line with 11 seconds left in the first half make the deficit 25-11 at halftime.
The Lady Rebels mounted a comeback in the second half.
Looking to do what they had done in the first meeting with the Lady Panthers, the Lady Rebels began chipping away at the lead. In their first meeting of the season in Owenton, Carroll County jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the second quarter before the Lady Rebels eventually came back and won the game in overtime.
The Lady Rebels managed to cut the deficit to 32-22 with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter when Gayheart converted an old-fashioned 3-point play by stealing the ball, driving to the basket and getting fouled.
Following a Carroll County basket, Lauren Lowe once again cut the lead to 10 when she scored on a driving layup to make the score 34-24.
Carroll County answered back and pushed the lead to 40-28 heading into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, a Lowe 3-pointer with 5:40 remaining cut the Lady Panther lead to 40-32 and seemed to give the Lady Rebels a small spark.
It did not last, however, as Carroll County responded by scoring the next four points to push its advantage back to 44-32 halfway through the final quarter.
Over the final few minutes, Owen County was not able to put a run together as Carroll County controlled the clock by spreading the floor on offense.
At game’s end, the Lady Panthers had secured a 51-38 victory.
Owen County was led in scoring by Gayheart, who finished the night with 12 points. Lowe and Samantha Toole each had seven points. Toole also had six rebounds and a blocked shot.Wainscott finished the night with six points while Eko Kemper scored six points and pulled down 10 boards. She also had a blocked shot.
The loss dropped Owen County to 5-4 on the season including a 1-3 record against district opponents.
The Lady Rebels have a chance to get back on the winning track as they opened up a homestand Tuesday night against Gallatin County. The girls will then be in action Friday night as they host Henry County before hosting the All “A” Classic.