Lady Rebels win district rematch

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Owen County girls need overtime to put away Carroll County

By Brian Blair

The last time Owen County and Carroll County met in Owenton the 31st District Championship was on the line.

That night, the Lady Rebels won the game 49-39 and cut down the nets.

Nine months later, the Lady Panthers came back to town looking to get even.

It looked for a while like the visitors were going to go home happy.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 19-10 at the end of the first quarter. They extended the lead to 24-10 before the Lady Rebels began the comeback.

Owen County finished the second quarter by scoring the final seven points to cut the deficit to 24-17 heading into the locker room.

The Lady Rebels continued to play solid defense as they held the Lady Panthers to just three third-quarter points.

Owen County, on the other hand, scored nine points to cut the Lady Panthers’  lead to 27-26 heading into the fourth quarter and final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter was tight throughout. Both teams did their part to win the game but when the final buzzer sounded, it turned out four quarters were not enough to decide the outcome. The score at the end of regulation was 34-34.

In the overtime, it was the Lady Rebels who came out on top 38-37.

Eko Kemper led the way for the Lady Rebels with 12 points. Maybe more impressive than her point output was the 17 rebounds she pulled down.

Lauren Lowe had five points to go along with six rebounds.

Rianna Gayheart added eight points and had four steals. Samantha Toole poured in seven points while pulling down eight boards.

The Lady Rebels won the game despite shooting just 2-13 from 3-point range and shooting 4-13 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Kyndal Curry led the Lady Panthers with 12 points.

With the win, the Lady Rebels improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in district play. Carroll County fell to 2-2 and 0-1 in the district.

The Lady Rebels will next be in action Friday night when they travel to New Castle to take on Henry County.

Owen County then open up play in the North American Stainless Classic at Carroll County Saturday.

The Lady Rebels also play in the tournament Monday and Tuesday nights.

Other schools scheduled to take part in the event are Carroll County, Gallatin County, Trimble County, Spencer County, Meade County, St. Henry and North Bullitt. 

The tournament begins a stretch of four straight games at Carroll County High School.

The Lady Rebels return to Carrollton Jan. 3 for another game with the Lady Panthers.