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Everyone was a winner Friday night as the Owen County Lady Rebels came to town to battle the Lady Raiders in a Coaches VS Cancer charity event.
Intended to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the triple-header event, which included introductions of local cancer survivors in attendance, was hosted in memory of 8th Region basketball official Jim Ray, TCHS teacher and coach Paul Ruggeri, TCHS student John Meredith and Claudia Inskeep, the mother of Lady Raider assistant coach Dwight Inskeep. Although Lady Raider coach Kerrie Stewart and others put the evening together in less than one week, sales of concessions and specially designed “Winning is the only option” T-shirts, added to admission proceeds, helped raise more than $2,000 for the cause.
The first game of the night featured the Owen and Trimble Freshman teams in a tight race that came down to the wire.
Early in the game the Lady Raiders failed to connect on offense, putting up just six points in the first quarter.
Good defense by the team, however, had Trimble in the lead by two at the end of the period.
In the second quarter, Trimble had their hands full as the Owen team put the pressure on and turned the tables upside down. An explosive Lady Rebel team outscored the home team 15-4 in the second to send both teams to the locker room with Trimble down 10-19.
In the second half, the Lady Raiders shouldered the full court pressure better, resulting in fewer turnovers, which had led to several Owen conversions earlier in the night. Even with their improved play, Trimble was still outscored 8-6 in the third quarter, with seventh-grader Paige Black getting credit for each of the third period points.
Down 27-16 going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders got back in the game. The seventh grade duo of Black and Jessie Dunlap forced turnovers that were quickly converted to points at the other end of the court. Despite Dunlap’s six points and the team’s ability to post 14 points in the period, the Lady Raiders freshman fell 30-36.
In the second match-up of the night the Lady Rebels took the lead early and weren’t giving it up, ending the quarter up 8-1.
In the second period, the Lady Raiders continued to struggle, allowing the visitors to outscore them 8-3. When the halftime buzzer sounded, Trimble remained down, 4-16.
Returning from the locker room, the Lady Raiders displayed better offense than the quarters before, but couldn’t find their footing on defense and were again largely outscored, 5-11. The girls continued to falter in the fourth and lost 16-37 when the final buzzer sounded.
The last time the Owen and Trimble girls varsity teams met, the Lady Raiders came up short and lost the game in a lopsided fourth quarter battle at this season’s 8th Region All A Classic. Sadly, the home team did not fair better Friday night.
The varsity girls struggled much like their JV counterparts in the final game of the night. By the end of the first quarter the Lady Raiders were already down 4-16 and despite four points put up in the second by Macy Mitchell, were still down 12-27 at the half.
In the second half of the game, the fans got behind their teams, helping turn up the tempo on the court. With the crowd’s excitement building, Trimble was outscored by just four points as they fought to get back into the game.
Going into the fourth quarter the Lady Rebels held the lead 43-23, with the Lady Raiders still fighting. Trimble eventually took control of the period to outscore Owen 14-9, thanks to help from sophomore Reagan Black who posted 7 of her team high 12 points in the final minutes.
Despite the effort by Black and the other Lady Raiders, Owen took their third win of the night, 51-37.