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The Owen County High School boys’ basketball team entered last week needing to get a bad taste out of their mouths. The Rebels were coming off their first loss of the season after a loss in overtime at home to Carroll County.
The first chance to get back on the winning path came Dec. 11 against Walton-Verona.
After falling behind 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Rebels came back in the second quarter to take a 28-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half belonged to Owen County as they pulled away for the 63-52 win.
Justin Shelton paced the Rebels with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Carson Williams finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
James Stone had a big night and scored 13 points.
Hunter Trenary added eight points; Zach Ripy, four points; and Tucker Trenary and Jarrod Ball had 3 points each.
Owen County’s win denied Walton-Verona High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Dan Trame of picking up his 300th career win.
The Rebels got back into district play Friday night when they went on the road to play at Henry County.
The Runnin’ Rebels got off to a good start and took a 19-12 lead after eight minutes.
A Ball 3-pointer early in the second quarter pushed the lead to 26-12 and forced the Wildcats to take a timeout.
Whatever was said in the huddle worked as Henry County came out after the timeout to score 11-straight points to cut the lead to 26-23.
Owen County would withstand the run by scoring the final 7 points of the half to take a 33-23 lead into intermission.
The Rebels would struggle offensively in the third quarter but when Williams scored just before the buzzer sounded to end the quarter Owen County had a 38-35 lead.
The game remained close into the fourth quarter before the Rebels slowly began to pull away. The team would take care of the basketball and make free throws down the stretch to come back home with a 65-53 win.
Ripy led Owen County with 19 points who said getting their first district win was very important.
“It meant a lot,” Ripy said. “The district is up for grabs right now.”
Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin Duvall agreed about the significance of the win.
“It’s real nice especially after that 0-1 start, Duvall said.”
Williams finished with 14 points; Hunter Trenary, 13 points; Shelton had 9 points; Ball, 6 points; and Stone had 4 points.
The Rebels remained in the district Tuesday night when they traveled to Eminence.
They will remain on the road on Friday night when they head to Warsaw to take on Gallatin County. The Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 so far this season against 31st District competition. The game will be the first between the two schools since the Rebels defeated the Wildcats in the 31st District championship game last season.