Lady Rebels take two out of three

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By Brian Blair

A week that began with a loss in an Eighth Region showdown ended with a 31st District win.
The Lady Rebels opened up last week with a contest against the team some thought was the best in the Eighth Region — the South Oldham Lady Dragons.
“I think they are the best team,” Owen County High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Bob Osborne said.
The Lady Dragons came to Owenton Jan. 24 and went back to Crestwood with a 67-52 win.
South Oldham jumped out to a 6-1 lead and had extended that lead to 20-13 by the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Rebels kept things close in the second quarter but did not help themselves by missing several easy chances around the basket.
The Lady Dragons pushed the lead to 47-32 in the third quarter. The Lady Rebels played much of that quarter without Rianna Gayheart, who picked up her fourth foul with 3:57 left.
The Lady Rebels made a brief run to begin the fourth quarter.
Hannah Neeley drained back-to-back threes to cut the lead to 47-38 with 6:46 to play. They were, however, unable to get any closer as the Lady Dragons pulled away.
Despite the loss, Osborne was upbeat after the game. He liked the way the team competed and believed that the game would prepare them for the rest of the season.
Gayheart led Owen County with 21 points while Neeley tossed in 12. Samantha Toole finished with eight points and five rebounds. Courtney Waldrop added five, Mariah Fitzgerald four and Kennedi Dermon two.
On Thursday night, the team traveled to Williamstown where the Lady Demons were waiting for them. The Lady Rebels were looking for some payback after Williamstown knocked them out of the Eighth Region All “A” Classic.
Things got off to a good enough start as the Lady Rebels led 20-12 at halftime.
Things changed in the third quarter as the Lady Demons rallied to cut the Owen County lead to 28-25 heading into the fourth quarter. The Lady Rebels managed to right the ship during the final eight minutes and won the game, 42-33.
Again it was Gayheart leading the way, scoring 17 points. Toole added nine while Neeley and Christina Johnson each had five points. Johnson also pulled down five rebounds and had five steals. Waldrop had four and Madison Gamble had two.
The week ended with a trip to Carrollton for a game with the Lady Panthers.
In December, the Lady Rebels won the first game between the two teams, 60-45. This second contest was decidedly closer.
The Lady Panthers led at the end of the first quarter. But the game was tied at halftime and at the end of the third quarter.
Owen County, however, made the plays down the stretch on both the offensive and defensive ends to get out of Carrollton with a 45-40 win.
Waldrop had a big night as she scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Neeley added eight points while Gayheart finished with seven points and seven assists. Johnson and Toole added six points while Toole grabbed 12 rebounds. Fitzgerald and Gamble both had two points.
The Lady Rebels knocked off Collins Monday night, 39-37.
This win improved Owen County to 16-4 on the season.
The girls will host Oldham County Friday night before welcoming Walton-Verona to Owenton Monday.
Fans are encouraged to come out Friday night as the team recognizes the 1991 and 2001 Lady Rebels. The 1991 team won both the Class “A” and the District Tournament. The 2001 team captured the Class “A” title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament.