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Henry Clay wins rematch with Bryan Station

Much has changed in the six weeks since Bryan Station whipped visiting Henry Clay by 22 points.

The Blue Devils have turned over a new leaf.

On Wednesday, Henry Clay pulled out a 52-47 home-floor victory.

The Devils, who committed 16 turnovers to Bryan Station's 22, outscored the guests 20-8 off of errors.

"That was the key," said Henry Clay Coach Daniel Brown. "We thought if we could push the tempo, we could force turnovers. That's the way we've got to score."

Daniel Kiesling led Henry Clay (8-10) with 15 points. Marquel Johnson added 11, all in the first half, and Mikal Pinder came off the bench to score 10. Trae Stewart had three points and fellow starter Brandon Nichols did not score. But Stewart led the Devils with 10 rebounds and Nichols was tops with five steals and three assists.

"I feel like we came out today and played a lot harder (than six weeks ago) and battled on the boards," Stewart said. "That's the key to us winning, is getting on the boards."

Bryan Station (8-8) was paced by James Evans, who scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half. He also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. Phillip Barner had 10 rebounds and five points.

The Defenders misfired all night, going 1-for-15 from three-point range and 6-for-13 at the free-throw line.

"We talk all the time about taking the ball inside because our three-point percentage is down," Coach Champ Ligon said. "We've got to be patient enough to get the ball inside and, on the turnovers, we've got to be strong with the basketball. Most of the turnovers were really unforced. They were good hustle plays by Henry Clay, but they were really turnovers, with a little better play on our part, that we shouldn't have made."

Henry Clay outscored the Defenders 15-3 with three-pointers, 15-0 in the first half. Johnson hit three bombs and Pinder had two.

Trailing 30-20 at halftime, Evans scored 11 third-quarter points to lead Bryan Station to a 36-36 tie through three quarters.

A three-point play by Andrew Adams opened the fourth-quarter scoring and gave Bryan Station its first lead since scoring the first six points of the game.

The lead see-sawed until the midway point of the quarter. Evans made a driving, multi-pumping scoop shot with 4:11 left to give Bryan Station its final lead, 43-41.

Henry Clay scored the next 10 points, starting with a basket by Wes Kimball. Prewitt converted a pair of steals into layups and assisted on a layup by Kiesling, who also converted a one-and-one with 1:17 left. The lead was eight.

"I knew Bryan Station would make a run," Brown said. "We needed to show ourselves that we were able to withstand the run and beat a good team like Bryan Station."

The Defenders came no closer than the final score.

"Henry Clay has a lot of heart," Ligon said. "We did some good things tonight but, at crucial times in the game, we made key turnovers that made the difference."

BRYAN STATION (8-8) — Baffour 8, Barner 5, Fain 4, Smothers 2, Evans 19, Adams 7, Renfro 2. Totals 20-55 6-13 47.

HENRY CLAY (8-10) — Stewart 3, Nichols 0, Johnson 11, Kiesling 15, Kimball 7, Prewitt 6, Pinder 10. Totals 19-53 9-13 52.

Bryan Station 10 10 16 11—47

Henry Clay 13 17 6 16—52

Three-point goals — BS 1-15; HC 5-16.

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