Both Henry Clay teams jumped out to 1-0 starts in 42nd District play as the boys and girls swept Bryan Station as part of a doubleheader at Henry Clay on Tuesday night.
The girls won 82-49 while the boys came away with a 79-64 win.
T’laya Lyvers paced the ladies, scoring 21 points to help the Blue Devils open a 39-27 halftime lead. She finished with 27 in three quarters of play. Henry Clay led by as many as 34 points.
Lyvers was 9-for-14 from the field and also had seven rebounds and two steals. Carah Burdette led Bryan Station with 16 points.
Henry Clay was coming off a 78-57 loss to 12th Region favorite Mercer County at home.
“We were in here Saturday and took a tough loss,” Sanford said. “Being young, we gotta learn how to bounce back from that. I’m proud of them tonight but tomorrow (at pratice) we want to learn how to be consistent and do this night in and night out.”
Destiny Cozart popped a three for Bryan Station to give it a 3-0 lead seconds into the game but that advantage evaporated after a 10-0 Henry Clay run. The Defenders never recovered.
“We are still in the process of learning how to play with each other,” Bryan Station Coach Shawn Ransom said in a text message. “Like I told my team, the season is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. ... Good teams respond in positive ways and that’s what we will do.”
After its first loss, to Boyle County on Saturday, the Defenders bounced back Monday with a rout of Berea on the road.
A back-and-forth opening quarter gave way to a runaway Henry Clay win in the second half at Al Prewitt Gymnasium.
Jordan Houston led the Blue Devils with 17 points and eight boards. Isaiah Tisdale stuffed the box score with 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and a block. Three other Blue Devils reached double-figure scoring: Leander Ridgeway (15), Paul Price (14) and Jaquise Simpson (11).
It’s the third time this season at least three Henry Clay players have scored in double digits, attributable to the Blue Devils’ commitment to sharing the ball, Coach Daniel Brown said.
“We’re passing the ball really well ... and can score in different ways,” Brown said. “My seniors, you look at their lines, they’re doing every phase of the game. Not just scoring. They’re rebounding, they’re passing, they’re leading.”
Price, who played in middle school and as a freshman but hasn’t been with the team for a couple of years, has taken back to organized basketball like a fish to water. He scored eight points in the opener versus Holmes and exploded for 26 at Tates Creek.
“He has just fit in and is playing his role like everybody else,” Brown said. “He’s given us an extra spark on the offensive end but also on the defensive end. That’s a credit to him and his hard work.”
Like the girls’ team, Bryan Station opened with a 2-0 lead courtesy of Tim Dunn. The teams traded leads throughout the first period with Henry Clay finishing on top 16-12. Bryan Station drew to within 21-19 in the second quarter but a 7-0 run by Henry Clay increased the gap.
The Defenders decreased a 10-point Henry Clay halftime lead to four in the third quarter, but the the Blue Devils answered with a 13-1 run to put things out of reach.
Henry Clay’s off to a 3-0 start for the second straight year. Bryan Station has dropped two of its first three, but is without senior post player Deandre Dishman, who suffered a right leg injury in their opener against Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Boys: Bryan Station at Henry Clay
Bryan Station (1-2) — Davis 10, Few 6, Guy 1, Dunn 15, DeMarcus 16, Murphy 5, Burbage 8, McKee 3.
Henry Clay (3-0) — Tisdale 11, Price 14, Ridgeway 15, Houston 17, Mitchell 6, Simpson 11, Finch 4, Jackson 1.
Girls: Bryan Station at Henry Clay
Bryan Station (3-2) — Hardin 5, Kavanaugh 7, Burdette 16, Ighodaro 6, Cozart 9, Jackson 3, Clay 3.
Henry Clay (2-1) — Lutz 5, Jackson 5, Price 12, Lyvers 27, Long 2, Thompson 8, Green 4, Jackson 9, Jones 5, Byars 2, Woods 3.