Runnin’ Rebels slip in overtime

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By Brian Blair

The Owen County High School Rebels went in Thursday night’s game with Carroll County riding a four-game winning streak. It was the first time since 2006 the team had begun the season 4-0.
The streak would come to an end as the Panthers defeated the Rebels 53-51 in overtime in a game that had a definite tournament atmosphere.
Things began well for the Rebels as they jumped out to an early 8-2 lead.
The Panthers would eventually get their legs under them and cut the lead to 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.
From there, the game would be back and forth.
The scored was tied 15-15 at halftime before Carroll County took the second half momentum. They would extend the lead to 24-17 when Brandon Stewart banked in a 3-pointer to force an Owen County timeout. The Panthers would maintain the lead to start the fourth quarter.
The final eight minutes would begin with Owen County outscoring Carroll County 8-0 to take a 35-33. The lead came when Zach Ripy nailed a 3-pointer from the corner and was fouled. Ripy converted the free throw for a 4-point play.
Minutes later with Owen County trailing 38-35, Hunter Trenary made consecutive 3-pointers from almost the same spot to give the Rebels a 41-38 advantage with just over three minutes left.
The Panthers would respond to Trenary’s shots by going on a 9-2 run to take a 47-43 lead with 30-seconds left in the game. After a basket by Ripy and a steal by Trenary, Carson Williams stepped to the free-throw line and calmly sank a pair of free throws to tie the score at 47-47 and forcing overtime.
In the extra period, Carroll County would be the team to convert when they had too and a costly turnover in the final seconds would seal the Rebels’ fate.
Williams led the Rebels with 25 points while Ripy tossed in 13.
The loss came on the heels of Tuesday night’s game with Trimble County.
Owen County led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back to win the game 56-41 over the Raiders.
Ripy finished with 20 points and five assists for Owen County.
Williams added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tucker Trenary finished with nine points while Hunter Trenary pitched in with eight. Justin Shelton scored six points and pulled down 16 rebounds.
The Rebels finished the week 4-1.
They will now travel to take on Henry County on Friday night in New Castle before playing at Eminence on Tuesday.