Owen County freshman squads play in district tourney

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By Brian Blair

For the freshman girls to win the 31st District Freshman Tournament, they had to beat the Lady Wildcats, twice.

Owen County Freshman Girls Coach Terry Spaulding and the Lady Rebels opened with a game against the host Gallatin County Lady Wildcats. Owen County had very little trouble dispatching the home team, winning 53-29 to advance to the championship game. Courtney Waldrop had 19 points while Devin Jouett added 13. Hannah Neeley had eight points and Katelyn Sutherland tossed in seven. Lynsey Farrar had four points. Meredith Marston had two. 

In the finals, they took on the Henry County Lady Wildcats.

The Lady Rebels found themselves in a much closer game but in the end came away with the 28-23 victory.

Neeley led the Lady Rebels with 10 points followed by Jouett’s nine. Marston, Madison Gamble and Farrar had two points apiece while Sutherland had one point. 

The wins were a total team effort and according to Marston, “We all played really well.”

The freshman boys were not as fortunate as they hosted the tournament in Owenton Saturday morning.

They too opened up with Gallatin County. The Rebels held a 23-14 lead in the third quarter before the Wildcats came back. The visitors took the lead midway through the fourth quarter and then held on for the 35-28 win.

Zach Ripy led the Rebels with ten points including a long 3-pointer that beat the halftime buzzer. Collin Trammel and Jarrod Ball each had seven points while Justin Shelton and Chris Smith each had two points.

Owen County Freshman Boys Head Coach Dan Logan said he was proud of the way his young team played. Despite the loss Logan said, “Overall it was a very good performance.”