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The road had been kind to the Lady Rebels during the first two weeks of the season. Owen County Coach Bob Osborne’s team had played four games away from Owenton and had won all four. Most people expected the success to continue when the team played its first two home games last week.
The Lady Rebels hosted a pair of 31st District rivals in Gallatin County and Henry County. The first game came against the Lady Wildcats from Warsaw.
The Lady Rebels got off to a slow start as they trailed 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Things did not improve early in the second quarter as Gallatin County opened up a 19-11 lead midway through the quarter. The Lady Rebels rallied late to cut the lead to 22-19 at the half.
The second half, however, was much the same as the first as again the Lady Wildcats extended the lead to 29-19 early in the third quarter. Again, Owen County came back. They cut the deficit to 29-26 only to see Gallatin County push the lead back to 39-27 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter.
The Lady Rebels closed out the third quarter on a run as they scored seven straight points to trim the Gallatin County lead to 39-34 heading into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Rebels cut the lead to 43-40 thanks to baskets by Hannah Neeley and Eko Kemper.
With five minutes left in the game, Rianna Gayheart picked up her fifth foul and was forced to go to the bench. The score when she exited was 43-40 in favor of Gallatin County.
The Lady Rebels did not make another field goal until the 2:35 mark in the quarter when Kemper scored to make the score 49-43.
The Lady Rebels had chances to get closer but were unable to convert and the Lady Wildcats made their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 54-50 win.
Gayheart finished the night with 13 points. Jensen Wainscott and Neeley each had 10 points while Eko Kemper added nine points and 13 rebounds. Lauren Lowe had five points. Mariah Fitzgerald had two points and Samantha Toole had one point.
Friday night saw Henry County come to town. The game was eerily similar as again Owen County got off to a slow start and was unable to recover.
Henry County led at the half, 26-23, as Owen County again struggled to hit shots and establish a presence in the paint.
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Wildcats controlled the pace as well as the scoreboard. The contest was tight throughout, and a big moment came late in the game when Gayheart was fouled and scored the basket. It appeared she was headed to the free-throw line to try and convert the 3-point play when the official ruled that the foul was committed on the floor and wiped out the basket.
Those two points proved to be crucial as Owen County trailed by two with seconds remaining. They got a shot to tie, but Gayheart’s eight-foot jumper rolled off the rim and Henry County grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.
Gayheart again led the way for Owen County with 15 points. Neeley finished with nine points while Kemper totaled seven points.
Wainscott had six points while Lowe and Fitzgerald each had five. Courtney Waldrop finished with one point.
The loss dropped the Lady Rebels record to 4-2 on the season and 1-2 in the 31st District.
Monday night the girls took on Shelby County in the Lady Rocket Invitational. Shelby County edged out the Lady Rebels, 41-39.
They will resume play after Christmas with a game against East Jessamine at Western Hills as part of the Wolverine Classic.