In a game where neither team could shoot straight, nor hang on to the ball, one came away happy Thursday night.
And the winner is ... visiting Bryan Station — 37-32 over Henry Clay.
"I'll take it," Defenders Coach Donna Murphy said. "Just like Coach Mike (Graves, her assistant) likes to say, it's better to win ugly than lose ugly. We struggled, couldn't get things rolling, but we didn't quit. And we scrapped the most."
Bryan Station (12-6) notched a fifth consecutive victory and its 10th in 11 games despite shooting 11-for-38 (28.9 percent) and turning the ball over 26 times.
That's because Henry Clay (10-9) shot 12-for-52 (23.1 percent) and committed 21 errors.
The Defenders were a tepid 13-for-24 at the free-throw line, where Henry Clay was an outright awful 3-for-13.
"We stopped them a lot on defense," said Serena Sandusky, a 5-foot-8 Butler University signee who led Bryan Station with 18 points, adding five rebounds.
DeShante Clay, also a 5-8 senior, grabbed 16 of Bryan Station's 40 rebounds and scored five points.
T'laya Lyvers netted 10 points for Henry Clay. Areanna Porter snared 10 of the Blue Devils' 32 rebounds and scored two points.
Henry Clay, which beat the Defenders 41-31 on Dec. 4, never led until a 9-0 run in the second quarter put the Devils on top 14-13.
Jazmine Richmond scored five of those points, including a three-pointer. Kerrigan Davis had the other four, also including a trey.
Tied at 16 at halftime, Henry Clay grabbed its final lead at 19-18 when Richmond drained a three-pointer.
Those were the Devils' only points of the quarter, though, and Bryan Station took a 24-19 lead into the final period.
The lead never went less than two points from there, the last time at 29-27 with less than 2 minutes left.
Destiny Cozart, scoreless to that point, drew a foul while draining a two-pointer from the right elbow. Her free throw gave Bryan Station a 32-27 lead with 1:35 left.
Lyvers scored for Henry Clay, and Sandusky missed a pair of free throws.
However, Sandusky came up with a steal and was fouled with 40 seconds left, and this time she made one of two. She added two more with 22 seconds left.
"I just had to keep my composure," she said.
■ Bryan Station now stands 3-2 in 42nd District play, while Henry Clay is 1-2.
■ Bairesaha Gill, a 5-11 freshman who played for Bryan Station last semester, transferred to Henry Clay over the Christmas break. She hopes to be eligible for second-semester play next year.
Bryan Station 37, Henry Clay 32
BRYAN STATION (12-6) — McCoy 2, Clay 5, Crumbie 1, Stennis 6, Sandusky 18, Frazier 0, Cozart 5. Totals 11-38 13-24 37.
HENRY CLAY (10-9) — Davis 8, Porter 2, Richmond 8, Lyvers 10, Carter 2, Coney 2. Totals 12-52 4-13 32.
Bryan Station 11 5 8 13—37
Henry Clay 5 11 3 13—32
Three-point goals — BS 2-8 (Stennis 0-4, Sandusky 2-3, Frazier 0-1), HC 4-14 (Davis 2-4, Richmond 2-6, Lyvers 0-2, Carter 0-2).
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229 Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com