Lady Rebels rattle off two straight wins to open new season

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By Brian Blair

The first two games for the Lady Rebels turned into a pair of blowout wins. Owen County first took care of Grant County, 74-36, Nov. 29 before easily defeating Williamstown, 76-48,  Friday. Both games were played in Owenton.

Rianna Gayheart began her junior season by scoring 22 points, dishing out four assists and grabbing eight steals against Grant County. Also adding 22 points in the opener was sophomore Hannah Neeley.

If the Lady Rebels had any first-game jitters, there were no outward signs.

Against the Lady Braves, Owen County jumped out to a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Grant County cut the lead to 18-12 in the second quarter. From that point, the Lady Rebels took control of the game, forcing Grant County into numerous turnovers and turning those into layups. The home team led 40-20 at halftime.

Owen County senior Christina Johnson, who contributed nine points, played especially well in the second quarter after Gayheart picked up her third foul.

Sophomore Courtney Waldrop added seven points. Eighth-grader Shelby Gambrell had four points while Mariah Fitzgerald and Madison Gamble each had two points.

The team then welcomed Williamstown to Owenton Friday night.

The Lady Demons kept things close in the first quarter. The Lady Rebels made sure things stayed that way as they outscored the Lady Demons 42-18 in the second and third quarter to blow the game open.

Gayheart again led the way with 28 points, six assists and four steals. Neeley tossed in fifteen points and grabbed nine rebounds. Waldrop had eight points while Samantha Toole, Johnson and Gambrell each had five points. A pair of eighth-graders, Kennedi Dermon and Ashton Marcum, each had three points while Fitzgerald and Gamble both had two points.

The two wins to open the season marks the second straight season the Lady Rebels have begun the season 2-0.

The junior varsity team won its first two games as well. They defeated Grant County 39-31 and Williamstown 40-24.

Monday, the Lady Rebels travelled to Walton-Verona — who many believe to be the second best team in the eighth region, with Anderson County being the best. Owen County lost to Walton-Verona, 36-53.

The girls will return home Friday night to open up 31st district play against Carroll County.

 Owen County defeated Carroll County three times last season, including knocking off the Lady Panthers in the 31st District title game. It was the third straight year the Lady Rebels defeated Carroll County to claim the district title. The girls will then head to Warsaw Monday night to take on Gallatin County. The teams split their two meetings a season ago.