There's not a lot of flash to Alex McKenzie.
She doesn't wow the crowd with her size or her quickness.
She just quietly gets the job done.
"She's our ace," Scott County Coach Steve Helton said of his senior forward. "She's very quiet in the huddle but, when the game's on the line, she scratches and claws her way to every single rebound."
She did that Friday night in an important district rivalry game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for the No. 18 Cardinals in their 55-45 win at No. 20 Bryan Station.
It was McKenzie's second straight double-double against a ranked opponent this week.
"She's that do-it-all player," Helton said. "She takes a pounding every night out and still keeps going."
But McKenzie was quick to take the spotlight off herself.
"Everybody just really stepped up and wanted to get the win," McKenzie said. "We knew this was a district game, so everyone wanted to chip in with points, rebounds, do everything they could do."
McKenzie was right in many ways. When the Cardinals found themselves in a four-point hole early in the second half, three other players created a 13-2 run to get the lead back and extend it to seven.
Tereka Guyn scored six of her 14 points in that run. Kristen Stainback, who struggled with her shot all game, managed to drop five points in the span.
Freshman point guard Audriana Christopher scored all six of her points in the pivotal third quarter.
"Every player on the team is like a puzzle piece, and we're still trying to fit them together and see the big picture," Helton said. "We did have (role) players step up."
Not only did they step up, they sped it up.
"We let them get off to that wild, up-and-down style," Station Coach Karra Jackson said. "When we started playing their style, we lost control."
Early on, the game looked as if it would be a repeat of the Defenders' 15-point loss to the Cardinals in the third game of the season.
Scott County grabbed a 10-3 lead to open the game with McKenzie scoring all 10 points.
But it was a different Station in the second quarter.
It looked more like the Station that had won 11 straight since that lone loss to the Cards. The Defenders got right back into it with a 14-1 run.
Marissa Prince scored nine points in that flurry (all on three-pointers), including the go-ahead basket for Station, which was paced by Serena Sandusky's 14 points. Prince finished with 12 points.
Jackson noted that these two teams might see each other a few more times this season and that she hopes her players learn from this loss.
"I asked the girls, 'Would you rather have this one tonight or would you rather have one in the district championship?'" she said. "This gives us a good ground to see where we can build on. Next time it's going to be even closer."
SCOTT CO. (9-5) — Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Stainback 3-19 4-4 11, Christopher 3-13 0-0 6, Logsdon 2-9 4-4 8, Conrad 1-3 0-0 3, T. Guyn 6-14 2-4 14, McKenzie 5-13 6-8 16, Defoor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-75 16-20 58.
BRYAN STATION (13-2) — Caise 1-9 1-4 3, Sandusky 3-16 7-8 14, A. Crumbie 1-5 0-0 2, Prince 4-7 0-0 12, Clark 2-9 0-0 4, Carpenter 2-3 1-2 5 H. Crumbie 0-1 0-0 0, McCoy 3-8 2-2 8. Totals 16-58 11-16 48.
Scott Co. 12 13 19 14—58
Bryan Station 7 20 11 10—48