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Semifinal exit for Lady Rebels

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By Brian Blair

The temperature outside last week was well above normal.
Inside, the shooting percentage for the Lady Rebels was well below normal.
The Owen County High School girls basketball team, which has made 43 percent of their shots from the field this season, had a bad night in a game they could not afford to lose.
On Friday night in Eminence, the Lady Rebels shot just 18 percent from the field which lead to a 47-40 loss to Trimble County in the semifinals of the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Rebels reached the semifinals by slipping past Walton-Verona 46-45. The Lady Bearcats had three chances to win the game in the final seconds but could not convert.
The win sent the Lady Rebels to the semifinals for the second year in a row.
The two teams traded the lead for most of the game. The Lady Rebels went ahead to stay with 14 seconds to play when Kennedi Dermon drove the lane and scored. It would prove to be the final time the ball went through the net for either team.
Following the Dermon basket, Walton-Verona missed a pair of free throws that would have given them the lead back. Madison Gamble was fouled on the rebound but missed the front end of the one-and-one to set up Walton-Verona’s final attempts to win the game.
The win came just over a month after Walton-Verona defeated Owen County 55-36 in Owenton.
The Lady Bearcats were playing Wednesday night without Courtney Sandlin who is out for the next several weeks due to injury.
Madison Reed led the Lady Rebels with 16 points in the win. Dermon finished with 15 points. Courtney Waldrop added seven with Gamble tossing in four. Hannah Neeley had three points and Shelby Gambrell one point.
While the Lady Rebels were able to avenge an earlier season loss in the first round, it was the Lady Raiders who were able to do the same on Friday night. Owen County had defeated Trimble County 53-41 back in December.
After a slow start, Owen County managed to tie the score at 24-24 at halftime. The second half would prove to be the difference. It must have seemed someone put a lid on the Lady Rebels’ basket during intermission.
Owen County never found the range as Trimble County was able to maintain control of the game to propel them into the championship game against Gallatin County.
For the game, the Lady Rebels were 11-58 from the field. The loss was the first one to Trimble County since a 57-39 setback to the Lady Raiders on Feb. 13, 2006, in Bedford.
Dermon led Owen County with 13 points. Waldrop had 12 points. Reed finished with five points and eight rebounds. Gamble tossed four points while pulling down nine rebounds. Gambrell and Neeley both finished with three points. Gambrell also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Gallatin County defeated Trimble County 63-54 in the championship game Saturday night.
The loss dropped Owen County to 12-5. After getting off to a 9-1 start the Lady Rebels have now dropped four of their last seven games.
The Lady Rebels will be back on the floor Thursday night at home when they host Franklin County. Owen County will be looking for a better result than the first time the two played this season. Franklin County won 50-38 on Dec. 28 in Frankfort at Staxx BBQ Capital City Showdown. The Lady Flyers will be looking for their third-straight win over the Lady Rebels. They also won 42-40 a season ago.
Owen County will then hit the road for a game against Beechwood from the Ninth Region Tuesday night.