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Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin Duvall likes to spend the last few games of the season to get his team tournament ready.
The last three game stretch was that preparation.
Owen County hosted North Oldham High School last week before playing both Anderson County and South Oldham high schools on the road.
South Oldham is the defending Eighth Region champion while Anderson County High School reached the semifinals of the Eighth Region tournament. The Bearcats advanced by defeating the Rebels 50-47 in the quarterfinals.
On Feb. 11 against North Oldham, the Rebels got past the Mustangs 65-59 despite Trevor Burton getting 33 points for the visitors.
Owen County countered Burton by seeing Carson Williams and Hunter Trenary combine for 49 of the team’s 65 points. Williams finished with 25 while Trenary added 24.
The Rebels led 33-29 before the Mustangs trimmed the lead to just 2 points heading into the final quarter.
Owen County would do enough over the final eight minutes to come away with the victory.
Jarrod Ball finished with 10 points while Nolan Tackett and Chad McDonald both added 3 points.
The Rebels next contest took place on Feb. 13 in Lawrenceburg as Owen County took on Anderson County.
Owen County got off to a good start as they trailed by just 3 points after the first quarter.
The second quarter would be their downfall as they were outscored 16-6 and trailed 29-16 at the half.
The Rebels were able to make up some ground in the third quarter but it would not be enough as they fell to the Bearcats 67-55.
Ball led the Rebels with 18 points while Williams finished with 12. They were the only two Rebels who reached double figures. Hunter Trenary tossed in 8 points; Vince Toftness, 7; Tucker Trenary, 5; McDonald, 3; and Blaine Forsee, 2.
Owen County closed out the week by traveling to take on South Oldham High School on Saturday night.
The Rebels would play a solid first half and found themselves down by just 4 at halftime.
On this night, it would be the third quarter that saw the Dragons take control of the game. They would extend the advantage to 59-48 at the end of the third quarter and would go on and win the game 82-70.
Williams paced the Rebels with 28 points. Ball added 16 points and Hunter Trenary pitched in with 12. Toftness had another solid outing as he scored 9 points. Mason Borchers and Brady Young each had 2 points while Forsee finished with 1 point.
The loss dropped Owen County to 14-8 overall.
The team will next be in action tonight (Wednesday) at home as they take on Carroll County High School at 8 p.m. The game will follow the girls’ game against North Oldham which starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the Panthers knocked off the Rebels in the All ‘A’ Classic championship game.
Owen County will finish the week and the regular season with a road game at Oldham County Thursday night. The Colonels finished as runner-up to South Oldham in last season’s Eighth Region Tournament.