Lady Owls Season Ends In Region Semifinals
Owsley County played Knott County Central in the regional semifinals Thursday, March 29 at Perry County Central and the outcome was not what Coach Travis Smith and his staff were hoping for. The Lady Owls put up a good fight and the game was a four point differential at the half. The third quarter was not good to the Lady Owls. Knott Central went on a run in the quarter to expand their lead to 58-40. However, Owsley wasn't finished. They mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter behind the hot hand of Lexy Lynch . Owsley outscored Knott 39-33 in the last quarter but it wasn't enough as the game ended with a 91-79 Knott victory. 
 
Lexy Lynch had a season high 43 points and also 10 rebounds for a double-double, her second regional game with that statistic. Carly Smith scored 21 points, Addie Terry 6, Kenzie Herald 7 and Mic Johnson 2. Kerea Mullins led Knott with 27 points.
The difference in the game was the free throw line. Owsley was 6 for 15 from the line and Knott was 24 for 37. Owsley was forced to foul in the fourth quarter and Knott was able to make enough to hold them at bay. Both teams shot blazing numbers from the floor. with both at 58%. Owsley was 26 of 39 on field goals and Knott was 20 of 32, Owsley made seven treys and Knott made nine. Owsley outscored Knott 21-8 in transition points and in points in the paint where they won that statistic 46-34. Knott won the boards 30-22.
This has certainly been an enjoyable season for everyone involved in the Lady Owls program and the fans. Most games could be seen in this pandemic shortened season on Bluegrass Sports Nation TV streaming service of Breathitt Countian Brendon Miller and also several were on the PRTC network. So, many fans were able to follow their progress and see them complete a 20-4 season, a 14th region All A championship, a 56th District championship, and a semifinal regional spot. In addition, their senior guard Lexy Lynch was named the MVP of the 56th District, named to the All Region team, and was named by the Lion Foundation as the number one player in the 14th Region and a candidate for Kentucky's Ms Basketball Award. This has been a very rewarding season for these girls and the coaches, as well as all others that have made things function smoothly such as bus driver Dave Wheeler and scorekeeper Trish Bishop. 
Another note on the last three years of basketball games between the Lady Owls and Lady Patriots. Since Travis Smith became coach in the 2018-19 season the two teams have played one another seven times with Owsley holding a 4-3 advantage. Unfortunately two of those three losses have come in the last two regional semifinals. But Owsley has played well and become a contender in the 14th region and that is something to be proud of for a high school with 240 enrollment. Coach Smith and his staff are already mapping out the summer schedule, weight room work, and whatever else is needed to propel these girls to a regional title next year.
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