Owsley County improved their record to 17-6 and their 56th district record to 6-0 on Tuesday as they won the top seed position in this year’s district tournament for the fourth straight year with a 51-35 victory over Estill County in Booneville.
Estill from the start employed a slowdown strategy to slow the high scoring Lady Owls, who are tops in the state with a 70 points per game average, and the strategy worked for the first half. Owsley led after one quarter 13-8 and at the half 22-19. However, in the second half Owsley slowly increased their lead. They had success throughout the game finding their 6’2 center Macey Brown in the low post. She finished the game with a team high 17 points and 12 rebounds, a double-double.
Estill’s Haley Angel scored early in the game around the rim, scoring 10 of her 14 points in the first two quarters.
Estill was able to shut out Owsley’s leading scorer Carly Smith for three quarters but in the last quarter she hit a 3 pointer and was 7 for 8 from the line to finish with 10 points. Beside Brown’s 17 points Owsley received 12 points from Laya Lynch, 7 from Addie Terry, and 5 from Kenzie Grubb.
Estill was led in scoring by Haley Angel with 14 points. Sarah Baker scored 9 points, Callie Snowden 5, Ava Hale 4, and Brooklyn Ferrell had 3. The Lady Engineers record is now 11-14 and their district record is 4-2, good enough for a 2 seed for the district tournament. Powell is the 3 seed and Lee is 4. This year’s district will be held at Powell County.
Owsley’s upcoming games are Friday at home vs Wolfe County and Saturday at home vs West Carter at 4:00 PM.