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Ten threes lead to district win

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By Brian Blair

By Brian Blair N-H Sports Reporter This year, the Owen County High School Runnin’ Rebels know what it is like to lose a game when it seems like the other team can’t miss. Thursday night in Carrollton, it was the Rebels who dished out their own big helping of disappointment. The Rebels made 10 3-pointers against Carroll County High School on the way to defeating the Panthers 60-42. Zach Ripy made six treys while Hunter Trenary converted four as Owen County avenged an earlier season loss to Carroll County and improved to 18-5 on the season. In December, the Rebels lost a game that saw Eminence make 15 3-pointers. The Warriors won that night 67-65. Carroll County jumped out to a 10-5 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Rebels quickly responded and took control of the contest in the second. Owen County would take a 23-18 advantage into halftime and never look back. The game was the final game of the regular season against 31st District competition. Owen County finishes the year with a record of 5-3 in district play and locks up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming 31st District Tournament. Ripy finished the game with 22 points while Carson Williams threw in 16 points. Trenary added 14 points in the win. Justin Shelton finished with six points while Brady Young finished with two points. It is the eighth-straight time the Rebels have defeated the Panthers in Carrollton. The last time Owen County lost at Carroll County was on Jan. 16, 2006. The Rebels began last week by traveling to Independence to take on Simon Kenton High School on Jan. 29. It was the first meeting between the schools since March 4, 2010 when they met in the opening round of the Eighth Region Tournament. Owen County won that night 61-59. Like that game, this one would also be close and come down to final seconds and then some. The Pioneers jumped out to the early lead and would enjoy a 23-16 advantage at intermission. The Rebels would turn things around in the second half but still found themselves trailing by four with less than a minute to play. Williams however would force overtime when he made two free throws and a lay-up to tie the game at 53-53 at the end of regulation. In overtime, the Pioneers would take a 58-56 lead with just seconds remaining. With the ball for the last time, Owen County would get three shots at a basket but would come up empty all three times to allow Simon Kenton to hang on for the win. The loss marked the first time this season the Rebels had lost back-to-back games. Owen County had fallen to Knott County Central in the quarterfinals of the All ‘A’ Classic in the previous outing. It also dropped the Rebels to 0-2 in overtime games this season. They previously lost at home to Carroll County in OT in December. Ripy and Williams led Owen County with 19 points. The senior Ripy also went into the record books by scoring the 1,000th point of his career. Ripy said he knew he knew he was close to the milestone but it wasn’t until he scored a basket and the game stopped he figured it out. “(Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin) Duvall hugged me and I knew,” Ripy said. Being forever linked to Owen County High School basketball means a lot to him, Ripy said. In the game, Shelton added six points; Hunter Trenary added five points; James Stone had four; and Jarrod Ball scored three points. The Rebels also lost another game this week. This time, the opponent was Mother Nature as snow forced the cancellation of the Rebels game on Saturday night at Grant County. If the Rebels don’t make up the game with the Braves, they will have played their final road game of the season Tuesday night at North Oldham. They will then begin a stretch of three-straight home games to wrap up the regular season. Owen County will host Anderson County High School Thursday night and South Oldham on Saturday night. They will play Oldham County on Valentine’s Day.