Bryan Station hadn't beaten district rival Scott County in boys' basketball since Shelvin Mack was starring for the Defenders in 2008.
Ten consecutive losses — most of them by more than 20 points — in the last five years left Bryan Station thinking it was hexed by Billy Hicks' Cardinals.
Not any more.
Not after the host Defenders upset No. 4 Scott County 69-62 on Friday night.
Larry Morton, who hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to beat Lafayette 65-62 on Tuesday night, stepped up big again. The 6-foot-3 senior guard had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and supplied plenty of energy in the fast-paced game.
Morton sounded less than thrilled afterward, saying flatly that it felt "good to get this W so we can move on to the next opponent."
Wasn't he excited with knocking off Scott County?
"Yes, I'm excited," he confessed with a smile.
Bryan Station Coach Mike Allen didn't have to be prodded to reveal his feelings.
"First of all, I always tell people you don't just beat a team when you beat Scott County, you beat a fabulous program, one of the best in the state," he said. "I'm happy for my kids, getting over that mental obstacle by finally beating them."
Cards Coach Billy Hicks made no excuses.
"This was no fluke, guys," he told reporters. "Bryan Station is a very good basketball team, and they beat us worse than the score showed."
Allen was most pleased with the way his team executed its game plan — pushing the tempo and trying to limit the damage done by Scott County's backcourt of Quin Richardson and Trent Gilbert, who average 40 points between them.
The Defenders' defense held Richardson to 14 points, and Gilbert to 11. They were a combined 7-for-29 shooting, just 2-for-15 on threes.
"That's a two-headed monster in their backcourt, and we did a good job on them," Allen said.
Junior guard Marcellous Washington stoked a strong third quarter by Bryan Station, scoring 11 points, including three threes.
"It felt pretty good right then," he said of his left-handed long-range shot.
Jordan Henry delivered in the fourth quarter for the Defenders by cashing 12 of 14 free throws (he was 14-for-19 for the game).
Tyler Smith, who played only seven minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, was solid in the second and finished with 11 rebounds.
Jalen Haddix led Scott County with 16 points and eight rebounds.
"I saw this coming," Hicks said of the upset. "We had one of the worst weeks of practice that I've seen in 30-some years of coaching.
"Every team in the 11th Region's got more athletes than we do, so we gotta play hard, play smart and play together. Bryan Station beat us in all those things tonight."
Bryan Station 69, Scott Co. 62
SCOTT COUNTY (11-5) — Gilbert 11, Richardson 14, Haddix 16, Portwood 3, Martini 4, Crank 7, Tribble 4, Murray 2, Short 1.
BRYAN STATION (11-5) — Morton 23, Washington 15, Allen 4, Smith 4, Henry 16, Hipps 2, Walker 5.
Scott County 7 21 11 23—62
Bryan Station 13 15 18 23—69
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