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Owen County boys look for momentum as season winds down

By Brian Blair

A week that began well for the Owen County Rebels quickly went “South.”
The Rebels opened up last week by traveling to North Oldham. After falling behind early to the Mustangs, the team rallied to pick up the 57-51 victory. Owen County trailed 16-7 after the first quarter but turned things around in the second to cut the deficit to 23-21 at halftime.
The Rebels, who are playing shorthanded after an injury to Carson Williams, then outscored North Oldham 19-14 in the third quarter to take the lead. The Rebels made enough plays down the stretch to hang on for the win.
Three Rebels ended the game in double figures led by Sawyer Williams who had 23 points and seven rebounds. Stone Osborne added 11 points and five rebounds, while Zach Ripy tossed in 11 points and dished out four assists. Jarrod Ball did not make a shot from the field but did connect on 8 of 11 attempts from the free throw line for all of his points. Justin Shelton added four points.
The win was the second straight over the Mustangs. Owen County defeated North Oldham, 66-54, last year in Owenton.
Thursday saw the Rebels make a trip outside of the Eighth Region as they headed to Fort Thomas to take on the Highlands Bluebirds out of the Ninth Region.
The trip proved to be a tough one as the Rebels found themselves without the services of Sawyer Williams, who was only able to play about six minutes due to a migraine headache.
Without Williams the Rebels struggled to score as the Bluebirds held Owen County to its lowest point total of the season and won the game, 56-34. Ripy did score 15 points to lead the team and Osborne added 10 points. Ball finished with six points while Shelton added three. The loss to the Bluebirds ended a three-game winning streak for the Rebels.
The boys then closed out the week with a game against South Oldham. The Dragons came into Owenton having lost only one game all season against Eighth Region opponents. That defeat came at the hands of Oldham County.
South Oldham took an 11-9 lead after the opening eight minutes, but over the second and third quarters the Dragons pulled away, outscoring Owen County 41-20. South Oldham eventually won the game, 64-49.
Osborne led the way for the Rebels with 20 points. Williams was back at full strength and added 15 points. Shelton had seven points, while Ripy had four and Ball had three.
The loss sent the Rebels to 14-7 on the season as they prepare for the final two games of the regular season. The first was played last night at Walton-Verona. The second will come Friday night when the Rebels wrap up the regular season with a home game against Oldham County.
Owen County will be looking to finish the season strong as they prepare for the upcoming 31st District Tournament to be held next week at Henry County High School.