Rebels clinch No. 1 tourney seed

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By Brian Blair

The week began with a close win and then ended with a close defeat but in between, the Owen County High School boys basketball team was part of a meaningful blowout.
The Runnin’ Rebels began last week with a pair of home games. The first was an NCKC contest with Williamstown High School on Senior Night.
The second was a district showdown with the top seed in the upcoming 31st District tournament on the line.
Before warming up for the Feb. 18 contest with the Demons, Owen County fans had a chance to say thank you to five Rebel seniors.
Tucker Trenary, Hunter Trenary, Trevor Lykins, Bradley Duvall and Jarrod Ball each got the start on their special night.
The one person missing was OCHS Boys Basketball Head Coach Devin Duvall who was not on the sidelines due to the birth of his second child. It was the first game he has missed as head coach and the first game he has not been on the sidelines since the new gym opened in 2002. Assistant coach T.J. Wesselman filled in for Duvall.
One person who made his presence felt was Williamstown’s David Jump.
The senior knocked down 12 3-pointers en route to scoring 50 points.
As it turned out, Jump needed at least 2 more points as the Rebels held on for a 74-72 victory.
Carson Williams led the Rebels with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Ball finished with 18 points and eight rebounds while Lykins finished with a career-high 13 points.
The Rebels were right back at it on Feb. 19 at home as they hosted Carroll County High School with the winner securing the No. 1 seed in this week’s 31st District Tournament at Carroll County.
The last time the two schools met was in the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic finals
On that night, the Panthers held the Rebels to just 39 points.
Owen County would not have any trouble putting the ball in the basket this time around as they dominated the Panther 73-46.
Williams again led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Vince Toftness came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points and Ball added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The win enabled the Rebels to finish the season with a perfect 8-0 record at home.
Owen County finished the regular season on Friday night by traveling to Oldham County High School.
The two teams played a hard fought contest throughout with the Colonels squeaking out a 52-50 victory.
The Rebels were done in by several misses from the free-throw line and some untimely turnovers down the stretch.
The two teams are no strangers to close games. Three of the last four times the two schools have met, the game has been decided by six points or less.
The Rebels finished the regular season with a record of 16-9 making it the eighth consecutive season the team has won at least 15 games.
The boys will look to add to their win total when they open up play in the 31st District tournament tonight (Wednesday) at Carroll County.
The Rebels know what time they play but the opponent was determined Monday night when Carroll County took on Eminence in the opening round.
The two teams split a pair of contests during the regular season with each winning on their home court. Game time tonight (Wednesday) is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Owen County will be looking to capture its third straight district title. A win tonight would also send the Rebels to the Eighth Region tournament next week in New Castle.
The Rebels have reached the Eighth Region Tournament five times in the last seven years.