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Owen County girls bumped from eighth-region tourney

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Simon Kenton proves too much for Lady Rebels

By Brian Blair

Two streaks continued on the night of March 1, 2010 in Independence.

The Owen County Lady Rebels entered the eighth region tournament having not won a first-round game since 2002.

The Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers went into the game having never lost a first-round game since playing in their first eighth region tournament in 2006. 

Simon Kenton, having the luxury of playing the tournament on its home court, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes.

The Lady Pioneers were having success getting the ball into the paint and scoring.

The Lady Rebels, on the other hand, were having trouble hanging on to the ball and making shots. 

Jensen Wainscott hit a three-pointer with 4:40 left in the first quarter for the Lady Rebels first points. The basket cut the deficit to 8-3. That was as close as Owen County would get. 

The Lady Pioneers held a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Rebels had a chance late in the first half to cut the Simon Kenton lead to single digits but were unable.

Simon Kenton scored the final seven points of the half to take a 30-11 at intermission. 

To its credit, Owen County continued to play hard in the second half, but the margin was just too big and the Lady Rebels were never able to threaten.

The Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Pioneers 31-30 in the second half but it was not enough as the Lady Pioneers won the game, 60-42.

Rianna Gayheart led Owen County with 16 points and five steals.

Senior Wainscott finished the game with 10 points and five steals. Courtney Waldrop had seven points while Hannah Neeley and Mariah Fitzgerald each had four points. Meredith Marston hit a free throw in the final minutes for one point. 

Three Owen County seniors played their final game against Simon Kenton.

Wainscott, Eko Kemper and Emilie Davis finished their careers having won three straight 31st district championships.

Over the four years, the girls helped the Lady Rebels win 70 games and make four consecutive trips to the eighth region tournament. 

The Lady Rebels finished the season with an overall record of 17-10.  

Gayheart went on to be named to the all-tournament team.

Anderson County eventually defeated Simon Kenton for the region title.