Lady Rebels grab three Ws

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By Brian Blair

No one can blame the members of the Lady Rebels basketball team if they are a little tired. The team played four games in five days.

The week opened with road games at Frankfort and Gallatin County.

Rianna Gayheart poured in 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Feb. 9 against the Lady Panthers as the Lady Rebels rolled to a 47-39 win. Owen County held a 33-23 lead at halftime and held on to get the win despite scoring only one point in the third quarter.

Samantha Toole had six points against Frankfort to go along with 10 rebounds. Jensen Wainscott added five points while Lauren Lowe had four points and Eko Kemper had two.

The team then took on Gallatin County Feb. 10. The Lady Rebels and Lady Wildcats played a tight game throughout but it in the end it was Owen County who came away with the 34-32 victory.

Owen County held a 16-11 advantage at intermission. Gallatin County managed to cut the lead to 22-20 after three quarters and the Lady Rebels managed to hold on in the fourth.

The game was a true team effort as the Lady Rebels had no one reach double figures but saw seven total players score. Kemper led Owen County with eight points. Gayheart added seven points. Lowe and Toole each had six points while Wainscott had two points. Emilie Davis and Mariah Fitzgerald each had two points in the win.

The Lady Rebels played their lone home game of the week on Thursday as they welcomed Walton-Verona to town.

The Lady Bearcats held a slim 10-7 at the end of the first quarter before opening the second on a 6-2 run to expand the lead to 16-9. Owen County called a timeout to regroup and then came back to cut the lead to 25-21 at halftime.

The home team came out in the third quarter by scoring the first 10 points to go in front 31-25. Walton did not score until there was 2:35 remaining in the quarter.

A 3-pointer by Katie Slavey connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer to slash the Lady Rebel lead to just one at 31-30 going into the fourth quarter.

After a Dani Hutchinson 3-pointer gave Owen County a 34-30 lead early in the fourth, Walton-Verona came right back to take the lead at 36-34 when Slavey sank another triple. This time with 5:00 left in the game.

Another 3-pointer coming from Kelli Dixon gave the Lady Bearcats a 39-34 edge with 4:10 to play in the game.

The Lady Rebels managed to tie the game when Wainscott ran off five consecutive points. Her basket with 35-seconds left in the game tied the game at 39-39.

Courtney Sandlin made a short jumper with 10 ticks remaining to put Walton-Verona on top.

Kemper had a chance to give Owen County the lead seconds later but her 3-pointer was no good and the Lady Bearcats came down with the rebound. After a couple of free throws Walton-Verona went home with a 43-39 win.

Gayheart led Owen County in scoring with 16 points. She also had seven steals. Wainscott finished with seven points while Hutchinson finished with six. Kemper tossed in four while Toole and Lowe each had three.

The team finished the week with a road game at Trimble County Friday night.

The contest was more than just a game as Trimble County Head Coach Kerrie Stewart used the game to coordinate a fund-raiser as part of the National Coaches vs.. Cancer Campaign. The two teams wore pink shirts during warm-ups and local banks donated money for each point scored and every 3-pointer. Cancer survivors were also recognized during ceremonies between the JV and varsity games. Even fans were encouraged to show their support by wearing pink to the game.  Basketballs were given to the oldest cancer survivors in attendance.

As for the game itself, Owen County took control early and went on to win 51-37. Gayheart scored 28 points to pace the Lady Rebels. She also had three assists and four steals. Toole finished the game with six points. Kemper and Hutchinson each had five points. Wainscott had three points while Lowe and Fitzgerald each added two points.

With the three victories, Owen County improved their record to 15-7. As of Sunday, the record was the fourth best in the 8th Region. Since the loss in the All “A” Classic, the Lady Rebels have won seven of their last nine contests.

The girls wrap up the regular season this week. They honored the seniors on Monday night as they hosted Spencer County. The season finale will come Friday night as the team travels to Grant County.