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Rebels get grip on pair of victories

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By Brian Blair

The Owen County High School Rebels came out of the first week of the season with two wins. After dropping their opener Dec. 1 at Western Hills the team turned things around to defeat Williamstown and Berea to close out the week.

At Western Hills, the Rebels put three players in double figures but turnovers were their undoing in losing to the Wolverines 66-53.

Sawyer Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds while Stone Osborne tossed in 13 points and pulled down six boards. Michael Colligan had a good night scoring 10 points grabbing three rebounds and blocking three shots.

The problem for Owen County was the 33 turnovers they committed.

Before the game, Western Hills honored the memory of Waseeq Shahid. The freshman collapsed and died just minutes into his first practice in October. Shahid’s brother, junior Muqeet is also on the Western Hills’ roster.

It was the second year in a row that Western Hills knocked off the Rebels in the opening game of the season.

Last season, the Wolverines came to Owenton and knocked off the Rebels 64-56.

The Rebels returned home Friday night to take on Williamstown. The results were better as the Rebels squeaked out a 46-42 win over the Demons.

Again it was Williams who had a good game, pouring in a career-high 22 points and pulling down six rebounds.

Osborne finished with 11 points.

Owen County traveled to Berea College Saturday to take part in the Wierville Classic. The Rebels took on Berea High School. They did not have too many problems as they sank the Pirates 58-42.

Three Rebels scored in double figures, including Williams who added 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Blake Lewis had 13 points while fellow senior Kyle Kelly pitched in a career-high 11 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Rebels played at Trimble County Tuesday night.

The Rebels travel to Carrollton Thursday night, then play Gallatin County at home Tuesday night.