Owen outlasts Grant

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By Brian Blair

The rivalry may not be what it once was, but don’t tell that to members of the Owen County or Grant County boys’ basketball teams. The two schools — that for years played heated contests in equally hot and cramped gymnasiums — played another close game Saturday in Dry Ridge.
The gyms may now be bigger but the game Saturday was equally good. On Saturday night, Owen County held off Grant County for a 73-67 win.
It was the second win this season over Grant County.
The latest contest featured a junior from Owen County and a senior from Grant County carrying their teams. Junior Sawyer Williams, led the Rebels with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Grant County senior Josh Blackburn led the way for the Braves with 31 points. The difference was the fact that the Rebels had more balance from the rest of the team than did the Braves.
Stone Osborne added 16 points to go along with Zach Ripy’s 15 points. Osborne also contributed with seven rebounds and four assists. Jarrod Ball had eight points, Justin Shelton six points and Collin Trammel three. Sophomore James Stone had two points. The Braves, on the other hand, had only one other player score in double figures.
The Rebels led 22-17 at the end of the first quarter before the Braves cut the lead to one at the half, 35-34. Owen County extended the lead to five heading into the final eight minutes and eventually won the game.
The win was the fourth straight victory for Owen County over Grant County, and it improved the Rebels to 13-5 on the season.
Owen County has a busy week ahead of them. By week’s end, the Rebels should be very familiar with Oldham County. They traveled to North Oldham Tuesday night and will host South Oldham Friday night. Sandwiched in between will be a trip to Fort Thomas for a game with Highlands  Thursday night. They will then play at Walton-Verona next Tuesday night.