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As fun as the Dec. 9 game was for the Owen County Rebels, Thursday night was not.
The Rebels opened up the week by hosting Trimble County and sent the Raiders home with a 74-40 defeat.
On Thursday, Owen County welcomed Carroll County to Owenton and the Panthers walked out with a 54-44 victory.
The student body turned out Dec. 9 in hard hats and watched their team give a workman-like effort in picking up the win. The Rebels led 13-9 at the end of one quarter and opened up the lead to 32-23 at the half.
A Jordan Shelton basket early in the third quarter pushed the lead to 38-23 and the Rebels put the game away.
Collin Gamble nailed back-to-back 3-pointers followed up by Royce Neeley’s triple to extend the Rebel advantage to 52-30.
Owen County Head Basketball Coach Devin Duvall was pleased with the Rebels’ ability to get the ball inside in the second half. Owen County scored 26 points in the paint in the final two quarters.
Michael Colligan played a big role in the inside scoring with his 14 points. Duvall said he feels Colligan is getting more comfortable with his role as the year goes on.
Gamble led the Rebels in scoring with 21 points. Drew Marston scored 10 points and also dished out four assists.
Shelton scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Sawyer Williams scored six points in the win. Blake Lewis scored seven points while Neeley totaled four points. Kyle Kelly had three points.
Carroll County came to town Thursday for the first district game of the year for both teams.
The Rebels jumped out to a 7-2 lead but the Panthers would not go away. Carroll County was able to control the tempo.
At the end of the first half, the Panthers trailed by just one at 19-18.
In the third quarter, the lead changed hands four times. Back-to-back baskets by Marston extended the Rebels’ lead to 32-27 late in the third before Casey Cable beat the buzzer to trim the lead to 32-29 heading into the final frame.
Early in the fourth, Carroll County’s Matt Allen knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 34-32 lead with 6:15 to play in the game. It would be a lead the Panthers would not relinquish.
The turning point in the quarter came with just over four minutes to play and the Panthers clinging to a 39-37 lead. Allen missed a pair of free throws but Carroll County managed to pull down the rebound and stick it back in for a 41-37 lead. From there, the Panthers slowly extended the lead.
Owen County did get the deficit back down to 49-44 with just over a minute left but could get no closer as Carroll County made its free throws down the stretch to win the game. The Panthers were 16-23 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.
Marston led the Rebels in scoring with 15 points. Gamble pitched in 14 points and had four steals. Shelton scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and had four blocks. Colligan scored four points and had four rebounds.
The Panthers were led in scoring by William Yager’s 19 points.
Because of the threat of bad weather, Monday’s games were postponed.
The Rebels travel to Bourbon County on Saturday where they take part in the Kentucky Bank Shoot out against Letcher County Central.
The team then travels to Erlanger Dec. 23 to take on Lloyd.