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When Owen County defeated Gallatin County by 28 points in December, fans of both teams wondered how it happened and what it meant.
After the rematch in Owenton, those same questions are again being asked.
The Wildcats came to town Jan. 10 and turned the tables on the Rebels and came away with a 64-53 victory.
The two teams played a nearly even first half but Gallatin County held a 21-20 lead at halftime.
Things would however change dramatically in the third quarter in favor of the team in blue.
The Wildcats outscored the Rebels 22-10 in the third quarter and took a commanding 43-30 lead into the final quarter.
Owen County righted the ship in the fourth quarter but it would prove to be too little too late.
Kristian Morgan led all scorers with 25 points for Gallatin County.
The Rebels were led by Zach Ripy’s 15 points. Carson Williams finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The loss dropped the Rebels to 12-3 on the season and more importantly to 3-3 in 31st District play. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Owen County.
The week began on a more upbeat note when Owen County hosted Grant County.
Again it proved to be the third quarter that made the difference but this time it went in favor of the home team. After Jarrod Ball knocked down a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to give the Rebels a 22-20 lead, Owen County extended the lead in the third quarter to 38-28 entering the final eight minutes.
As has been the pattern as of late, the Rebels allowed the Braves to get within three points in the final minutes but held on for the 54-48 win.
The win was aided in part to a balanced attack that included both a strong inside game for Williams as well as some outstanding shooting from Hunter Trenary. The freshman Williams finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds while Trenary connected on four of six 3-pointers and 16 points.
Justin Shelton added six points while pulling down 11 rebounds. Ball finished with five points; Ripy, four points; Tucker Trenary, two points; and James Stone added one point.
Grant County was led by Tyler Carr with 19 points.
The Braves entered the game with the best record in the Eighth Region. They have since won again and are 14-4 on the season.
The Rebels will now get the chance to defend their Eighth Region All ‘A’ title from a season ago.
Owen County began play in the tournament Tuesday night at Williamstown. Their opponent was a familiar one as they took on Gallatin County.
This season marks the third time in the last four years the two teams have squared off in the first round of the tournament. Gallatin County defeated Owen County 59-53 in 2010 at Walton-Verona. The Rebels returned the favor last year by knocking off the Wildcats 66-64 in overtime at Trimble County.
Following the All ‘A’ Classic, the Rebels will return home on Tuesday night to host Eminence. Owen County will be looking for a better outcome than what happened in December on the road when the Warriors made 15 3-pointers and won the game 67-65.