Rebels enjoy reversal of fortune

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By Brian Blair

The week before Christmas, Owen County hosted Gallatin County and Henry County. The Rebels defeated the visitors from Warsaw and then lost to the Wildcats from New Castle. The teams squared off again last week.

First, the Rebels traveled to take on Gallatin County. Owen County defeated Gallatin County 77-56 in Owenton. That night, it was the Rebels who wore down the Wildcats with their dominating play in the paint.

The Wildcats led 22-18 at the half and were able to extend the advantage in the third quarter to 38-32. It was the fourth quarter where the Wildcats pulled away. Gallatin County outscored Owen County 20-12 over the final eight minutes to claim the 58-44 victory.

Owen County’s Michael Colligan had 12 points to lead the way for the Rebels. Sawyer Williams finished the night with 10 points. Jordan Shelton added nine points while Stone Osborne tossed in eight points. Blake Lewis had three points and Kyle Kelly had two points.

The loss meant that Owen County’s game with Henry County Friday night was important in regards to the 31st District standings. Both teams entered Saturday night having won three games in district play.

When the night was over it was Owen County who made up for an earlier loss to Henry County in Owenton.

After losing to the Wildcats 44-41 in December, it would be the Rebels leaving New Castle with an impressive 75-58. The 75 points was the Rebels’ third-highest point output of the season. The Rebels have gone over 70 points three times this season and have won all three games.

Owen County was led by Kelly and his career-high 24 points. The senior also had six rebounds and dished out four assists. Shelton added 14 points and eight rebounds. Williams and Colligan each had 10 points. Freshman Zach Ripy had the best game of his young career with nine points, three assists and three steals.

The Rebels began an important week against 8th Region opponents last night as they hosted Grant County. Owen County will next travel to Anderson County Thursday night before heading back home for a game with North Oldham on Saturday.

The Rebels then begin play in the 8th Region All “A” Classic at Walton-Verona Monday night. Their first-round opponent will be Gallatin County beginning at 7 p.m. The Rebels and Wildcats last met in the All “A” Classic in 2007 when Gallatin County knocked off Owen County, 62-57, to claim the championship at Eminence.