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Owen Co. girls squad wrap up break with win victory

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By Brian Blair

The Lady Rebels spent the week after Christmas traveling back and forth between Owenton and Frankfort. The team took part in the Wolverine Classic at Western Hills High School.

Owen County played three games in the tournament going 2-1. The girls opened the tournament by taking on East Jessamine. Rianna Gayheart had 21 points but it was not enough as the Lady Rebels fell, 43-38.

Owen County squared off against 8th Region foe South Oldham on day two.

Hannah Neeley led Owen County with 11 points while Gayheart had 10 points as Owen County won the game, 42-32. The game was decided in the second quarter when the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Dragons 11-0.

The Lady Rebels closed out the tournament by taking on the host, Western Hills. Jensen Wainscott was the team’s third different leading scorer for the week as she finished with 13 points in a 42-30 victory. Neeley finished with 10 points.

The team returned home for a district contest against Carroll County Saturday night. The game had significant meaning in the race for district seeding. Both teams entered the game with 1-2 records in the district and the Lady Rebels were looking to sweep the regular season meetings following a win in Carrollton back in December.

Things did not look good for the home team as the visitors jumped out to a 9-2 lead. A Gayheart 3-pointer late in the first quarter cut the deficit to 9-5. The Lady Rebels then scored the first six points of the second quarter to open up an 11-9 advantage.

Carroll County’s Marissa Brindley’s free throws late in the quarter gave the halftime lead back to the Lady Panthers at 15-13.

The Lady Rebels came out in the third quarter and began to take control of the game. Jensen Wainscott finished the quarter with seven straight points as Owen County outscored Carroll County 12-4 in the third quarter to take a 25-19 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Panthers opened up the third quarter by going on a 6-2 run to cut the Lady Rebels’ lead to 27-25 with 4:20 remaining. The Lady Rebels got a basket from Gayheart while the Lady Panthers got a pair of free throws to make the score 29-27 with 3:30 left.

A minute later, Neeley stole a pass and took the ball the length of the floor for the basket to give her team a 31-27 lead.

Carroll County answered back with a basket to make the score 31-29 with 2:20 remaining.

Brindley made one of two free throws to make the score 31-20 with less than two minutes left on the clock.

The Lady Rebels missed on their next two shots but were fortunate to force a held-ball to give them back the basketball. Then Carroll County knocked the ball out of bounds allowing Owen County to keep it.

The last point of the game was scored when Wainscott connected on a free throw to make the score 32-30 with 21 seconds left in the game.

Carroll County had one last possession and made the decision to go for the win but Kyndal Curry’s 3-pointer was no good and Owen County came away with the rebound and the 32-30 win.

 “It was ugly, but we got the win,” Coach Bob Osborne said.

Wainscott finished the night with 12 points to lead Owen County. Gayheart added 11. Neeley had three points while Samantha Toole and Mariah Fitzgerald each had two points. Lauren Lowe finished with one point.

The girls took on another district opponent Tuesday night as they traveled to Gallatin County. They will next head to New Castle for a game with Henry County Friday night. Tip-off time Friday night is 8 p.m. following the boy’s varsity game.