GEORGETOWN — Laura Szorenyi pumped in 23 points and Audriana Christopher added 19 Tuesday night as Scott County overpowered visiting Bryan Station 69-50 in girls' basketball.
This being December, though, neither coach was blown away by the result.
"It seemed like it was a game of spurts tonight. We had flow, then we lost flow. Then we had flow, then we lost flow," winning coach Steve Helton said. "We've got to get more consistent on both ends, defensively and offensively."
Scott County, No. 24 in the Herald-Leader pre-season coaches' poll, has won five in a row and is 7-1 overall.
Bryan Station (2-3) was paced by Serena Sandusky with 14 points. Bairesha Gill had 12 points and eight rebounds. DeShante Clay grabbed eight boards and scored seven points.
"We didn't really come out here and play with intensity. I think that was the main issue," Defenders Coach Donna Murphy said. "I told them that in order for us to be competitive we're going to have to control the boards and block out and play some excellent defense, and that didn't happen.
"We got some key people in foul trouble. Some people shut down. And just weren't executing the things that we needed to do to score. There was some effort there, but I don't think it was a total team effort."
Szorenyi, a foreign exchange student from Hungary, shot 7-for-15 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, and went 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
Christopher had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds and also had seven steals and four assists.
Rebounds were big, as the Cardinals finished with a 45-35 advantage, something that Helton had stressed.
"He said Tereka can't be the only one rebounding, so we've all got to help her," Christopher said. Tereka Guyn just missed a double-double, bagging 12 points and nine rebounds.
Scott County led 37-31 at halftime, getting 11 points each from Szorenyi and Christopher.
Bryan Station overcame an early 15-6 deficit by reeling off the next 12 points, but trailed 19-18 through one quarter. A 16-4 flurry extended Scott County's lead to 37-26 with 2 minutes left in the half. The Defenders came back with La'bianca Frazier's drive to the hoop and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Lakeysha Stennis to cut the halftime lead to six.
Station came within four early in the third quarter, but a 10-0 fourth-quarter spurt pushed Scott County's lead to 63-45 with 3:19 left.
"I don't feel like we played to our potential," Murphy said. "And when you don't block out and you don't play great defense, you end up having a lot of issues. And we had that.
"We brought the game back and then we kind of let it go again. So we had opportunities."
Rachel Young started the knockout 10-0 run with a drive along the baseline.
Guyn scored on an inbounds play, and then Szorenyi hit a baseline jumper and on a reverse layup. Guyn completed things by scoring down low.
The Cards finished with a 16-4 edge in made free throws and held Station to 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) from the field in the second half.
"It was two good teams that I think, hopefully, get better as the season progresses," Helton said "It's early, early, early December. We're not going to get too high; can't get too low. We've got a lot of work to do."
BRYAN STATION (2-3) — Clay 7, Crumbie 0, Sandusky 13, Stennis 7, Gill 12, Frazier 5, McCoy 3, Cozart 3. Totals 21-69 4-8 50.
SCOTT CO. (7-1) — A.Christopher 19, Szorenyi 23, Guyn 12, DeFoor 4, Boehm 2, Hawkins 3, Young 6. Totals 25-54 16-20 69.
Bryan Station 18 13 10 9—50
Scott County 19 18 14 18—69
Three-point goals — BS 4-17 (Frazier 1-4, Sandusky 1-5, McCoy 0-1, Stennis 1-5, Cozart 1-2); SC 3-12 (Hawkins 1-3, Christopher 0-1, Szorenyi 2-3, DeFoor 0-5).
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com