No. 5 (Female) - Leah Patterson

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By Brian Blair

In the opinion of some who follow Owen County sports, she may have been the best all-around player to ever play basketball for the Lady Rebels.

During her four years as a member of the team, Leah Patterson scored 1,244 points. In the final game of her high school career against Scott County, Patterson overtook Ellie Petzinger as the all-time leading scorer in Owen County history. She would hold on to that distinction until Katie Smith broke her record and finished her career with 1,572 points.

It was also during her senior season that the Lady Rebels won the 8th Region All “A” Classic and advanced to the quarterfinals of the All “A” Classic State Tournament in Richmond. In their first round game in Christian Academy of Louisville, the senior led Owen County with 15 points and nine rebounds. In the quarterfinal loss to Clinton County, Patterson finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Despite a furious rally in the fourth quarter that saw Owen County outscore Clinton County 15-5, the Lady Rebels eventually lost the game, 62-61, in overtime. Patterson was named to the All-Tournament Team following the tournament. Despite the disappointment of losing in the second round, the team ended up with 21 wins that season.

The opening round win in 2001 is the Lady Rebel’s first and only win in their four appearances in the All “A” Classic State Tournament.

While Patterson and the team had some exciting moments on the basketball court, they also suffered some tough defeats. Along with the loss to Clinton County her senior year, Patterson saw her junior season end with a 59-56 double overtime loss to Scott County in the 32nd District Tournament at Williamstown. Also that season, the Lady Rebels fell in the 8th Region All “A” Classic to Walton-Verona.

Her sophomore season saw the Lady Rebels capture the 32nd District Tournament Championship as Owen County knocked off Walton-Verona and Grant County. In the 8th Region Tournament, however, the Lady Rebels were dealt a tough 42-41 overtime loss to Oldham County in the opening round.

Patterson was not only a proficient scorer but she could also rebound the basketball. She finished her Owen County career with 685 rebounds which places her sixth on the all-time list.

Following her career at Owen County, Patterson spent one season playing basketball at Asbury University in Wilmore. While on that team, she started 23 of the 24 games she played. She was second on the team in points per game with 10.8 and third in rebounds with 6.2 a contest. She led the team in three-pointers made with 29, and assists with 73. She also led the team in free-throw percentage. She was second on the team in steals and blocks.

At the end of the 2001-2002 season, Patterson left Asbury and transferred to the University of Kentucky to further her academic career. According to her mother, Billie, the decision broke the hearts of her Asbury teammates, who begged her to stay. She decided, however, to put her academics ahead of athletics.

 Leah is married to Adam Lye and the couple has a little boy named Samuel. They currently live in Lexington.