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Lady Rebels go 2-1 in first week

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By Brian Blair

The roads between Owenton and Dry Ridge were busy last week.

On Dec. 1, Owen County opened the season with a home game with Grant County.

Friday night, the Lady Rebels made the trip Williamstown to play the Lady Demons.

In both cases it would be the team that made the bus ride that would leave the gym satisfied.

In the home opener, Grant County scored with less than four seconds remaining to pick up the 46-45 win.

Owen County battled back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force the Lady Braves into needing last-second heroics.

The Lady Rebels were able to get back into the game despite the fact they struggled to put the ball in the basket all game long.

The offense also had trouble keeping possession of the ball as they turned it over 24 times during the game.

Rianna Gayheart led the way for Owen County with 15 points. Lauren Lowe added a dozen points. Eko Kemper recorded a double-double on the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

It was the fourth season in a row the Lady Braves beat the Lady Rebels on opening night. Last year, Grant County won 50-46 in Dry Ridge.

The last time Owen County beat Grant County in the first game of the season was 2004.

While the Lady Braves have been a pest in game one, Friday night marked the fourth time in row the Lady Demons have been the opponent in game two.

The Lady Rebels were victorious in the previous three match-ups and Friday was no different as Owen County picked up the 65-56 win.

Whatever Coach Bob Osborne did in practice to correct the problems from the loss, to Grant County it worked.

The Lady Rebels took better care of the ball as they only turned it over seven times and they dished out 11 assists as a team. Owen County also had 16 steals.

Again, it was Gayheart who paced the Lady Rebels. The freshman poured in 35 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Fifteen of her points came from behind the arc as she dropped in five 3s for the game.

Lowe scored 10 points and also had five steals. Kemper scored nine points while pulling down eight boards. Samantha Toole added eight points while Jensen Wainscott scored three. Wainscott also contributed with four assists, six steals and a blocked shot.

Osborne said it was a nice win for his team.

The Lady Rebels traveled to North Oldham Monday night and picked up their second win of the season, 42-27. The Lady Rebels were led in scoring by Gayheart with 19 points and five steals.

Lowe knocked down 12 points followed by Mariah Fitzgerald with five points. Kemper, Toole and Emilie Davis each had two points.

The team will be back at home Friday night as they host Carroll County.