Lady Rebels drop two at Lady Rocket Invitational

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By Brian Blair

The days leading up to Christmas provided the Owen County High School girl’s basketball team one nice gift and two lumps of coal.

The Lady Rebels played in the Max Performance Lady Rocket Invitational at Shelby County last week. The team went 1-2 for the event, defeating Owensboro and losing to Shelby County and Anderson County.

The week began with a game against the Lady Rockets from Shelby County. The game was a measuring stick for the Lady Rebels since Carroll County had defeated Shelby County earlier in the season.

The game was tight throughout. Shelby County held a 15-10 lead at the half. The second half was much of the same. The game came down to a final possession, but Rianna Gayheart was unable to tie the score in the final seconds as the Lady Rebels dropped a 41-39 decision. Poor shooting from both the field and the free-throw line led to the downfall of Owen County.

Gayheart led the team in scoring with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Hannah Neeley came off the bench to connect on a trio of 3-point shots to finish with nine points. Eko Kemper had seven points while Emilie Davis tossed in four points. Samantha Toole finished with three points while Jensen Wainscott and Mariah Fitzgerald had two points.

The team came back the next afternoon to take on Owensboro. The Lady Rebels led the Lady Devils by four at the half before erupting in the second half to blow the game open. They eventually won, 60-37.

Neeley led Owen County with 21 points. Wainscott added 11 points and Fitzgerald had 10. Toole finished the day with eight points while Gayheart added five. Kemper had three points while leading the team in rebounds with six. Lauren Lowe tossed in two points.

Owen County concluded the week with a game against Anderson County. The game was tied at the half. The third quarter saw the Lady Bearcats outscore the Lady Rebels 8-3 to take a 26-21 lead into the fourth quarter. Anderson County extended the lead in the final frame and eventually won, 44-33.

Gayheart and Neeley were once again the leading scorers. The sophomore Gayheart finished the game with 11 points while the freshman Neeley totaled 10 points. Kemper added eight points while Wainscott tossed in three points. Fitzgerald had one point.

At the end of the week, the Lady Rebels had a 6-4 record.

The Lady Rebels were in action Monday morning as they traveled to Western Hills to play in the Wolverine Classic against East Jessamine. Owen County lost, 38-43.

The team will return home Saturday to host district rival Carroll County. They travel to Gallatin County Jan. 4 for a rematch with Gallatin County.

The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Rebels, 54-50 Dec., 14.