Vee Sanford can turn it off and on like a light switch.
By his own admission, the Lexington Catholic star guard started off a little slow in the first quarter, but all he had to do was flick that switch to get the desired result.
"I was trying to get my teammates going, but when it got close in the second quarter, I decided I had to take over, get my shots and go to the basket," Sanford said.
The senior had 12 points in the Knights' 18-4 run early in the second quarter, and then they ran away with it, 75-55 over the host Eagles on Thursday night.
Coach Brandon Salsman didn't need any fancy coach speak to assess the difference between the first and second quarters for the ninth-ranked Knights.
"Vee finally just decided to take the ball to the basket," Salsman said. "As good of a three-point shooter as he is, there's not many people that can guard him on the perimeter as well. He was able to get us going there."
Sanford had 16 of his 21 first-half points in that second quarter and turned a one-point Knights deficit after one quarter into a 12-point lead at the half.
He was efficient. In 24 minutes of play, Sanford scored a game-high 28 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.
"If he's not the best, he's the second best player in the state," Eagles Coach Tommy Huston said. "He's a tremendous guard. He plays so hard, plus he's so unselfish."
Sometimes Sanford needs to be less un-selfish and take over games, though.
Catholic has just two players — Sanford and Taylor Botkin — returning with a large amount of varsity minutes.
Botkin had 11 points for the Knights, who remain unbeaten at 4-0. Reserve Jaylen Beckham added 12 points and six rebounds.
Despite the inexperience, Salsman was impressed that his team was able to come to Christian and win by 20 points so early in the season.
"This is the best team Lexington Christian's ever had and for us to come in and beat them like that shows we could have something special," Salsman said, "but we still have a long way to go."
Catholic scored 24 points off of the Eagles' 20 miscues.
Christian (0-2) was led by Taylor Barnette's 17, including five three-pointers. Will Evans added 12 points and nine rebounds.
"We played good in spurts," said Huston, who is 0-6 against his former school. "Our guys are playing hard and they're getting better. They'll keep getting better."
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (4-0) — Peurach 5, Sanford 28, Martin 7, Schuette 8, Botkin 11, Beckham 12, Talbott 2, Porter 2.
LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN (0-2) — Evans 12, Sparks 8, Kindred 2, Barnette 17, Stephens 7, Gullett 5, Cherry 2, Staton 2.
Lexington Catholic 15 28 16 16—75
Lexington Christia n 1 6 15 16 8—55