Lady Rebels grab wins at Trimble, Carroll

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By Brian Blair

The Lady Rebels’ road trip to open the season came to a successful conclusion last week. The team picked up a win at Trimble County Dec. 8 and another against Carroll County Friday night to remain perfect on the young season.

Against the Lady Raiders, three Lady Rebels scored in double figures to power the team to a 56-36 win. Rianna Gayheart and Jensen Wainscott each had 11 points while Samantha Toole added 10 points in the victory.

Owen County held Trimble County scoreless in the second quarter to jump out to a 23-8 lead at halftime. They extended the lead to 44-20 at the end of three quarters. 

Lauren Lowe had 9 points in the game. Hannah Neeley had 5 points while Eko Kemper and Courtney Waldrop each had 4 points. Christina Johnson had 2 points.

The girls traveled to Carrollton Friday to take on the Lady Panthers.

The last time the two teams met in Carrollton was in last year’s 31st District Championship game. Owen County defeated Carroll County in double overtime to claim the title for its second straight district title.

The Lady Rebels went into the game hoping to send a message to the Lady Panthers that they were serious about claiming a third straight 31st District Championship.

“We knew we needed to win,” Gayheart said following the game.

The Lady Panthers came out and scored the first four points of the game before the Lady Rebels got on the board. The first quarter ended when Gayheart hit a lay-up as time expired to tie the game at 6-6.

The second quarter ended much like the first. This time, Gayheart knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to send Owen County into the locker room with a 16-10 lead.

Owen County extended the lead to 19-10 when Gayheart hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the third quarter. It was the team’s first 3-pointer of the game. Carroll County cut the lead to 19-15 but Owen County quickly extended the advantage, this time to 10 points at 25-15 with two minutes left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, it appeared Carroll County might make a run as they once again cut the lead, 29-24, with 3:28 remaining in the game.

A minute later, it was Neeley who put the game away with a 3-pointer from the corner to push the advantage back to 32-24.

Back to back lay-ups by Kemper and Toole late in the game sealed the win for Owen County, 36-28.

Gayheart finished the night with 16 points to lead Owen County. Toole finished with 8 points while Kemper, Neeley and Waldrop each had 4 points.

After the game, Owen County Head Girls Basketball Coach Robert Osborne said he was excited about how his team played defense. He also said it was important to go to Carrollton and beat the Lady Panthers on its home court.

In action Monday night, the Lady Rebels suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to Gallatin County, 54-50.

The girls will welcome Henry County to Owenton Friday night as they host the Lady Wildcats as part of a doubleheader with the boys.  The girls will play at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow at 8 p.m.

The girls will travel to take on Shelby County in the Max Performance Lady Rocket Invitational Monday night. Game time is 7:45 p.m.