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Young Runnin’ Rebels look to make a mark

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By Brian Blair

The question did not take long to answer.

When asked about the upcoming basketball season and the outlook for his Rebels, Owen County High School Head Basketball Coach Devin Duvall had a quick response.

“We’re young,” he said.

Owen County High School lost several key players to graduation at the end of last year.

Blake Lewis, Kyle Kelly, Jordan Shelton and Michael Colligan graduated, taking with them a huge chunk of scoring and rebounding from a year ago.

Two returning players who will be expected to provide leadership are Sawyer Williams and Stone Osborne.

As a sophomore, Williams averaged 12 points a game while pulling down six rebounds.

Osborne, also a sophomore last year, put in just under 10 points a game. He also led the team in 3-point shooting last year.

Duvall said both will need to play well in order for the team to accomplish its goals.

Also expected to play a big part of the 2010-11 Rebels will be a pair of young guards.

Zach Ripy, a sophomore, saw plenty of action last season and will likely see more this year.

Freshman Jarrod Ball saw just a few minutes of action late in the season a year ago, but will hopefully be an important contributor this year.

Duvall said he thinks junior Cooper Taylor could help this year and could surprise some people with his talent and skills.

Duvall said Taylor has shown some progress during the preseason that could lead to an increased role during the season.

As for the schedule, the Rebels get things started Tuesday night when they host Western Hills.

Owen County will start 31st District play at home Dec. 9 when they host Carroll County.

They travel to Gallatin County Dec. 14 and Henry County Dec. 17.

Apart from their district schedule, the team will take part in the Wierville Classic Dec. 4 at Berea College when they play Madison Southern.

The Rebels travel to Richmond after Christmas to take part in the Shirley Kearns Invitational at Model High School.

The Rebels will host the eighth region All “A” Classic in Owenton in January.

Owen County will attempt to reclaim the district title they lost to Gallatin County last year in Warsaw.

Despite the overtime loss in the 31st District Championship, the Rebels once again reached the semifinals of the eighth-region tournament after knocking off Simon Kenton in the first round.

Despite the fact his young team has no seniors, Duvall said he thinks this team can accomplish some things on the floor.

“We should win more than we lose,” Duvall said.

He also said that while another run to the eighth-region semifinals is not out of the question, he admits that it could be difficult

“We are going to be a work in progress,” Duvall said.

The work will get under way for real Tuesday night.