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A Milestone Victory

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Bob Osborne collects 100th win as Lady Rebels’ coach

By Brian Blair

His first win came Dec. 2, 2005. That night, Owen County won at Williamstown, 48-40.
Friday night, Owen County High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Bob Osborne picked up win number 100 as Owen County defeated Oldham County, 81-70, in Owenton.
“It’s a nice milestone to accomplish in six years,” Osborne said.
The Lady Rebels played their best game of the year Friday night as four players reached double figures.
Hannah Neeley led the way with 23 points. She also had seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Courtney Waldrop made six of eight shots from the field in scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Rianna Gayheart added 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Samantha Toole added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Christina Johnson added seven points while Mariah Fitzgerald had three points.
As a team, Owen County shot 54 percent from the field.
The 81 points was the most points the Lady Rebels had scored all season. Their previous high came against Williamstown when they defeated the Lady Demons 76-48 back in December.
The win improved Owen County to 17-4.
After the 2005-2006 season when the Lady Rebels won just 13 games, Osborne’s teams have won at least 15 games in each of the following years. Owen County won 19 games during the 2007-2008 season and the 2008-2009 season. Osborne has led Owen County to three straight 31st District titles and four straight trips to the Eighth Region Tournament.
While winning 100 games is a great personal accomplishment, Osborne is quick to point out a big reason for his success. “I have had a lot of good and talented kids the last six years. I am only as good as the players on my team.”
Earlier last week, the Lady Rebels traveled to Shelby County to take on the newly-opened Collins High School. The game was close throughout. In fact, the score was tied at the half and at the end of the third quarter. Owen County made enough plays down the stretch to hang on for a 39-37 victory.
Gayheart, Waldrop and Neeley each scored eight points. Toole added seven points while Johnson had six points. Fitzgerald finished the game with two points.
The Lady Rebels got up just 37 shots in the game and shot only 13 free throws. Eight of those attempts were taken by Waldrop who made six of them. In contrast, against Oldham County the Lady Rebels got off 53 shots and took 30 free throws.
Owen County faced a tough regional test Monday night when they hosted Walton-Verona. The Lady Bearcats went into the game with 17 wins, including a 53-36 win over the Lady Rebels in December. But Owen County turned the tables on Walton-Verona with a decisive 25-point victory, 63-38.
The team will travel to Trimble County Friday night. Owen County has defeated the Lady Raiders twice this season. They then return home Monday night for Senior Night when the team will host Anderson County. The Lady Rebels will honor Christina Johnson, Samantha Toole and Mariah Fitzgerald who will be playing their final home game.
Owen County defeated the Lady Bearcats, 55-44, in January.