Rebels end drought during tourney tune-up

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Owen knocks off Anderson County for the first time since 1996

By Brian Blair

Before going on a long car trip, it is advisable to make sure the vehicle carrying your family is tuned up.
The Owen County High School Runnin’ Rebels are hoping this week of tune-ups will make for a pleasant drive down to Richmond.
The Rebels took on Anderson County at home Friday night.
The two teams have met three times in the last two years with the Bearcats coming out on top each time. Each game was similar. All three were close at the half with Anderson County pulling away over the final half.
Once again, the game was tight throughout the first half with the Rebels holding a slim 29-27 lead at intermission.
Anderson County scored the first five points of the second half to take the lead.
Sawyer Williams picked up his third foul midway through the quarter and it appeared things were headed down the same path.
Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin Duvall decided to switch to a zone defense.
The Bearcats took a 47-46 lead in the fourth quarter but the Rebels jumped back in front when Collin Trammel scored with 6:10 to play. Anderson County regained the lead seconds later at 49-48.
The Rebels took the lead with five minutes left when Justin Shelton converted two free throws to give his team a 50-49 advantage.
Anderson County went back in front on its next possession when Darin Laswell knocked down a 3-pointer.
After a basket by Carson Williams tied the game at 52-52, Zach Ripy ran off seven straight points to push the Owen County advantage to 59-54.
The Bearcats got to within two when Laswell again connected from beyond the arc for his seventh 3-pointer on the night.
It was as close as the visitors would get.
The Bearcats had a chance to tie the game or take the lead in the final minute but were unable. Shelton put the game away with another pair of clutch free throws with 3.3 seconds to play to seal the 61-57 win.
It was the first win over Anderson for Duvall and the first for the Rebels since 1996.
Ripy finished with 22 points while Sawyer Williams added 13. Jarrod Ball had nine, Stone Osborne seven, Collin Trammel and Shelton four and Carson Williams had two points.
The Rebels then took on Grant County Monday night at home.
The Braves led a physical, hard fought game 34-31 at the half.
Owen County clamped down on defense in the second half and held the Braves to just 15 points.
The Rebels went on to win, 61-49.
Osborne led Owen County with 17 points including a one-handed dunk in the second half to get the Rebels going.
Carson Williams had the biggest night of his young career as the seventh-grader came off the bench to score 12 points, including going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Ripy finished with 10 points, Sawyer Williams nine, Trammel six, Ball five and Shelton two points.
The win improves Owen County to 11-4 as they get ready to host the Eighth Region All “A” Classic this week.
The Rebels will play the winner of the Gallatin County versus Walton-Verona game that was played Tuesday. Game time will be 6 p.m. Friday. The other semifinal game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Owen County has never hosted the tournament in the new gym. The Rebels have not won the All ‘“A” since 2003 when they defeated Gallatin County in the championship game at Carroll County.
If things go well for the Rebels this week, someone may want to check the oil and the tire pressure on the buses for a trip to Richmond.