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It was a strange week for the senior boy’s basketball players.
Due to bad weather, the game with Walton-Verona scheduled for earlier in the week had to be postponed until Saturday afternoon. That meant that Senior Night on Thursday night against Trimble County would not be the boy’s last home game.
Six Rebels were recognized before the start of Thursday night’s game. Blake Lewis, Kyle Kelly, Jordan Shelton, Lucas Shelton, Michael Colligan and Ethan Lloyd were honored for their accomplishments both on and off the court.
“I’ve seen multiple senior nights,” said Lewis after the game. “I never thought it would be mine.”
One senior who took advantage of getting a start was Lucas Shelton. He wasted no time in knocking down a pair of threes to get his team off to an impressive start. Owen County led Trimble County 20-6 at the end of the first quarter.
After the game, Lucas Shelton said the night was special and made him remember all the hard work they had put in to get to that point.
“Tonight I was standing here with a rose in my hand, getting ready to walk out there. It was all kind of surreal,” Lucas Shelton said.
The Rebels’ dominance continued in the second quarter as they opened up a 43-17 lead at halftime. Owen County cooled off in the second half but it did not matter as the Rebels were able to cruise to the 62-35 win.
Following the game, Jordan Shelton talked about getting a win on Senior Night. “It feels good to top off a four-year career with a nice win at home.”
Colligan led the Rebels with 15 points. Sawyer Williams added 11 while Lucas Shelton finished with nine. Stone Osborne tossed in seven points. Lewis, Kelly and Zach Ripy each finished with five points while Jordan Shelton pitched in four. Stone Osborne finished the game with one point.
The seniors then had one more home game to play on Saturday afternoon against Walton-Verona. After Owen County got off to a nice start in the first quarter, the Bearcats took a 15-12 lead at the end of the quarter and never relinquished it.
Walton-Verona led 26-19 at halftime. Owen County got within two, 30-28, midway through the third quarter when Lewis connected from three-point range. The Bearcats, however, scored the next five points to extend the advantage to 35-28 heading into the final eight minutes.
Sawyer Williams’ reverse lay-up cut the margin to 35-33 early in the fourth but again the Bearcats were able to weather the storm and hung on to the lead. The Rebels had some chances to get closer, but turnovers and missed free throws helped to seal their fate. Walton-Verona, on the other hand, made 9-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to pick up the 51-44 victory.
Lewis led Owen County with 13 points. Williams added 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Ripy and Colligan each had six points. Colligan also pulled down eight rebounds. Osborne finished with five points while Lucas Shelton had three. Jordan Shelton finished with two points while also pulling down six rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. Kelly added one point.
The loss gave the Rebels a 14-9 record to wind up the regular season.
The Rebels now gear up to defend their 31st District Championship from a year ago, which they will do beginning tonight. Owen County will take on Henry County in the second game in Warsaw. Gallatin County and Carroll County will tip off at 6.
Owen County split its two games with Henry County this season, with both winning on the other’s home court. The game will also be a rematch of last year’s championship game that saw the Rebels come away victorious.