Scott County's girls went into Friday's game against district rival Bryan Station as the second-highest scoring team in the state, sporting a 70-point average.
But Bryan Station showed more pep and more pop, and almost rang up 70 on the scoreboard as it knocked off the No. 10 Cardinals 69-51.
Serena Sandusky, a 5-foot-8 senior point guard who has signed with Butler, led the Defenders with 24 points and four steals.
"I think we finally came together as a team; we're starting to play our kind of basketball," Sandusky said after Bryan Station avenged a 19-point loss to Scott County early in the season.
Coach Donna Murphy was mostly happy with her Defenders' performance, especially the first half when they rolled to a 37-23 lead.
She wasn't so thrilled with the rest of the night. "I wasn't pleased with our intensity in the second half, especially on defense," she said.
Sandusky said she and her teammates have a habit of relaxing when they have a lead at halftime. "I think we play better when we're behind."
They didn't have that "luxury" in this game.
Bryan Station trailed in the opening minutes, but took control after that and built quick leads of 18-9 and 24-13. It stretched its advantage to 16 late in the half.
Scott County tried to rally in the third quarter. Tereka Guyn's three-point play a 6-0 run that cut the deficit to 37-29. But Bryan Station didn't let the Cardinals get any closer, and it was back on top by 14 going into the fourth quarter.
Victoria McCoy had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Defenders. Hallie Crumbie was strong inside, getting eight points and eight boards. Lakeysha Stennis had nine points, and DeShante Clay added five points and six rebounds.
Scott County had a miserable night at the free throw line, missing 16 of 22 foul shots (27 percent).
"That helped save us," Murphy said.
The Cards were missing two key players — Audriana Christopher and Danielle Defoor, who were averaging 29 points between them. Christopher is out with a knee injury; Defoor with a bad back.
Guyn, a 6-0 junior, had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Scott County. Tamara Ray had 10 points. Iman Guy chipped in with eight points and six rebounds, and Laura Szorenyi added seven points and nine rebounds.
Bryan Station 69, Scott Co. 51
SCOTT CO, (12-5) — Guyn 13, Ray 10, Hawkins 3, Young 5, Szorenyi 7, Guy 8, Boehm 5.
BRYAN STATION (11-6) — Sandusky 24, McCoy 15, Clay 5, Crumbie 8, Frazier 3, Stennis 9, Cozart 3, Mitchell 2.
Scott County 16 7 18 10—51
Bryan Station 24 13 18 14—69
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